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Why are Scrum Masters So paid??

By Mary Girasol
May 27, 2022

In this week's Tech role of the week, we are going to talk about the role of a Scrum Master!

Soo.... What exactly is a Scrum Master?

"The scrum master is the person on the team who is responsible for managing the process, and only the process. They are not involved in the decision-making, but act as a guide to the team through the scrum process with their experience and expertise

A scrum master doesn’t act as a project manager; a scrum team is self-organizing. In fact, a scrum master isn’t responsible for the success of the project’s result.

Yet, without a scrum master the whole scrum framework would fall apart. The scrum master is the glue that holds the project together by facilitating, though not participating, in the daily scrum meeting which is one of the scrum meetings held"

The average salary of a scrum master is $120k with medium level experience.

What is a day in the life of a Scrum Master?

SCRUM MASTER EXAMPLE DAY:

8:30am - Personal Focus for a Good Start

9:00am - Daily Scrum and Team Spirit

9:15am - Sprint Focus and Impediment Removal

10:30am - Product Owner Catch-up

12:00pm - Sharing Knowledge and Sharpening Facilitation Skills

2:00pm - Clearing Obstacles to Enable Operational Ease

3:00pm - Team Bonding Activity

4:00pm - Community Focus

So, in other words, you do nothingggg

Just kidding, just kidding LOL...

I have met people in scrum roles to which they do not do much, but I have also met people who have had scrum roles in which their days are filled with meetings so yes, the role may seem light in actual work, but your meetings might be a lot considering the fact that your job is literally facilitating scrum meetings.

So... how exactly do you become a Scrum master??

I'll be honest, scrum master roles are not necessarily easy to obtain considering these roles are more mid to senior and management level experiences and also the entry level positions are hard to obtain due to it being high in demand HOWEVER there are scrum adjacent level positions to which you can work that still pay well and give you experience enough to obtain that first scrum role.

Scrum Adjacent roles to consider:

  • Business Analysis/Jr. Scrum Master
  • Project Analyst/Jr. Scrum Master
  • Product Owner
  • Agile Business Analyst And more!

Obtain positions in these positions and you are well on your way to getting that scrum master role that is paying you bank.

If anyone tells you that it is easy to obtain a scrum master role without some sort of previous management level experience on your resume, they are lying to you. A lot of people are converting their previous titles to scrum roles to which might catch up to you in the future but if you don't care about that then hey, fabricate away at your own risk.

I know I know; you're wondering well what about that testimonial of the girl who got a scrum role without previous experience in 8 months.

She was a unicorn meaning, these things don't happen every day. well maybe it might start happening once we discover the blueprint to scrum master roles with minimum level experience however for now, she was a special case (she will actually be at the webinar Tuesday to tell her testimonial) so your best bet is to find a Scrum adjacent role so your next role can be fully scrum.

Certifications

Certifications are a great thing to have in any Tech role but most definitely scrum positions.

Scrum certs that companies pay more attention to are

  • PSM 1 (Professional Scrum Master 1) - Cheaper/ No class needed
  • CSM (Certified Scrum Master) - Pricier/ 2-day class needed
  • SAFE Scaled Agile

You do not need both PSM1 and CSM once you have obtained 1.

Anywho, I hope you enjoyed reading this!!

Sincerely Mary,