Scrum Master Trends Report for 2019 Released

For this year’s Scrum Master Salary report, Age of Product has joined forces with Scrum.org in order to expand the survey from around 500 participants during 2017 to more than 2,100 participants this time around.

This year’s report has been released under the name Scrum Master Trends, and has a broadened scope to include more than just salary data. It also covers a wide range of other industry facts and figures, such as:

  1. Trends in gender equality
  2. Trends in the use of agile frameworks, practices, and techniques
  3. The use of agile scaling frameworks
  4. Trends in agile adoption
  5. Data on the importance of Scrum and Agile training and certifications

Participant Demographics in the 2019 Scrum Master Trends Report

Participants for the report were mostly international, with respondents from 87 different nations around the world. Top contributing countries to the report included the United States, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, France, Brazil, and Australia. While the ages of the survey responders are varied, a clear group between 30-39 years old stood out, making up almost half of all respondents. Overall, the age distribution was similar between male and female participants.

Looking further into gender, the ratio between male and female participants did not change significantly from the prior study, and there is still a male majority. However, it’s worth noting that this appears to be changing; the ratio differs drastically between age groups, suggesting that younger generations have a much evener gender split. This implies that as future generations take over the workplace, the over-saturation of men in the industry will start to disappear.

Other Practices Used Alongside Scrum

One of the new factors investigated by this report is the prevalence of combinations of different Agile frameworks. As it stands, many corporations and organisations already have various Agile frameworks in place, or have used them in the past. Any given Scrum Team or organisation can use Scrum to build on existing Agile structures, or use other Agile workflow systems to customise Scrum.

For example, Kanban is popular for enhancing the overall process of Scrum. According to the report, the use of Scrum with Kanban is very common within the agile community, and 81 per cent of participants reported using Scrum and Kanban together.

We also see that the use of Scrum with DevOps is very common, with 54 per cent of participants using these together. This shows that there is no silver bullet when it comes to choosing an agile framework. Organisations are choosing the frameworks that work best for their teams, and often adding practices from the broad variety available to help define their overall process.

Scrum Master Salary Trends for 2019

Of course, a major focus of the report is still on salary trends. A core component of salary trend begs the common question: Do education and certification make a difference when it comes to salary in future positions?

This 2019 report features an entire section dedicated to salary projections, and explores this question in-depth, as well as examines the data through gender and education lenses. All salary numbers in the report are given in United States Dollars (USD).

To give you a basic idea of the findings, we can report that 55 per cent of participants reported earning more than $75,000 USD annually, and Oceania actually has the highest average salary in the industry, just ahead of North America.

When examining gender and pay together, we find that even though there are less female Scrum Masters overall, they are being paid more on average. One of the higher salary brackets—$75,000 to $149,999 USD—had a higher number of female Scrum Masters than male.

In terms of the importance of Scrum Masters having certification or formal training when considering salary, the report states that the value of certification goes beyond the impact on salary. Essentially, the aim of certification is to help practitioners learn so that they can improve their skills. When Scrum Masters and other agile practitioners expand their skill set, they are able to examine and alter areas which are in need of growth. In essence, certification is an important part of validating growth, and it’s the growth itself which leads to higher overall salaries for those who seek out accreditation.

See the rest of the 2019 report for yourself

Want to take a look at the full report? See it for yourself by visiting https://www.scrum.org/resources/2019-scrum-master-trends-report

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