Updated October 19, 2018 with new average salary information from Glassdoor

Updated August 20, 2018 with the release of a study by Glassdoor.

Updated April 26, 2018 with the release of the 2017-2018 Scrum Alliance salary survey.

“ScrumMaster” is a relatively new term, created around 1992 by Jeff Sutherland and his teams. In that short space of time, however, companies across the world are starting to see the value of the role. According to research by LinkedIn, ScrumMaster appeared as #10 of 20 jobs on the “Most Promising Jobs of 2017.” The median salary of a Certified ScrumMaster is:

Moving from Development Team member to the ScrumMaster position typically results in a salary increase of up to $7,000.

According to 2018 research by Glassdoor, the ScrumMaster role is one of the highest paying jobs in the United States with a median base salary of $98,239 and over 1800 job openings. The hottest markets for ScrumMasters? New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbus, and Richmond.

Fluctuations in the salary range depend greatly on the location of the job. In San Francisco and New York, salaries are at their highest. In Salt Lake City, UT where the cost of living is lower, the salaries are (surprise!) lower.

In this article, you’ll find average ScrumMaster salaries across the United States as of December, 2017. Hot job markets are highlighted in bold letters.

Northeast US States

Here’s a list of northeastern cities in the US along with the average Certified ScrumMaster salary:

  • New York City, $105K
  • Boston, $99K
  • Washington DC, $96K
  • Philadelphia, $94K
  • Baltimore, $89K

Southeast US States

Here’s a list of southeastern cities in the US along with the average Certified ScrumMaster salary:

  • Richmond, VA – $87K
  • Atlanta, GA – $86K
  • Jacksonville, FL – $84K
  • Tampa, FL – $84K
  • Miami, FL – $84K

Central US States

Here’s a list of cities in the central US along with the average Certified ScrumMaster salary:

  • Minneapolis, MN – $93K
  • Chicago, IL – $92K
  • Houston, TX – $88K
  • Denver, CO – $88K
  • New Orleans, LA – $87K
  • St. Louis, MO – $86K
  • Dallas, TX – $86K
  • Austin, TX – $86K
  • Memphis, TN – $83K

Western US States

Here’s a list of cities in the western US along with the average Certified ScrumMaster salary:

  • San Francisco, CA – $108K
  • Los Angeles, CA – $98K
  • Seattle, WA – $95K
  • San Diego, CA – $93K
  • Portland, OR – $91K
  • Phoenix, AZ – $87K
  • Boise, ID – $83K
  • Salt Lake City, UT – $82K

Regardless of the salary, we at Artisan recommend that you pursue a career that you are passionate about, not one that pays well and might seem to provide a low barrier to entry. Being a Certified ScrumMaster is all about passion and being a servant leader. If you don’t have the skills to be a strong servant leader where the achievements of your team are YOUR greatest achievements, being a ScrumMaster isn’t for you.

On the other hand, if you have a real passion for leading teams and helping them become hyper-productive teams, take the first step and earn your certification.

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