Highlights of the 2019 Scrum Master Trends Report


The recently published 2019 Scrum Master Trends report has a few interesting takeaways. The report is the result of a global survey of Scrum Masters conducted by Scrum.org and The Age of Product. The survey included 2100 Scrum Masters from 87 different countries. The highest representation was from Europe (45%) followed closely by North America 32%. You can read the entire report here on the Scrum.org site. test

Key Takeaways – Scrum Master Salary

For me, the most interesting parts of the survey results were related to how much Scrum Masters make:

  • Women in the Scrum Master role make more than their male counterparts.
  • Higher salaries correlated with training and certification.
  • The highest paid Scrum Masters are in Australia, New Zealand and other Oceania countries at $149K, with the second highest average salary being the US at $113K
  • Those Scrum Masters with training and certification had higher salaries than those without
  • 32% of the Scrum Masters in the US made over $125K

Additional Highlights from the Scrum Master Survey

Below are some other highlights from the 2019 Scrum Master Trends Report:

  • 83% of respondents have completed Scrum Training, and 85% had some type of certification
  • The top 3 certifications carried by Scrum Masters were PSM1 (53%), CSM (33%) and PSPO1 (16%) [IMHO the the high number of Scrum.org certifications is probably sampling bias for Scrum.org members]
  • 45% of respondents had more than one certification though having more than one certification did not correlate with higher salaries
  • Women in the Scrum Master role are paid more than men. Though 29% of the respondents were female, there were a larger proportion of females to men in the higher salary ranges.
  • Half of Scrum Masters are 40 years old or younger while the other half are over 40
  • Half of the respondents claimed that were using one or more scaling frameworks, with breakouts as follows: 23% SAFe, 10% Nexus, 9% LeSS, and 2% DAD.
  • They reported current roles as Scrum Master (42%), Agile Coach (13%), Both SM and Coach (23%) and neither 21%.
  • A full 58% of respondents had participated in some form of “agile transition”
  • Scrum was found to be used with other agile practices including Kanban (81%), DevOps (55%), Test Driven Development (34%) and Extreme Programming (27%)

I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions to this Scrum Master survey.

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By Anthony Mersino

Anthony Mersino is the founder of Vitality Chicago, an Agile Training and Coaching firm devoted to helping Teams THRIVE and Organizations TRANSFORM. He is also the author of two books, Agile Project Management, and Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers.


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