What does a Scrum Master do?

A scrum master helps oversee the scrum and development team. They are knowledgeable in Agile methodology and scrum and able to educate others. They also act as a buffer between the scrum team and product owner and maintain a safe working environment for the team by helping with conflict resolution.

To work as a scrum master, you need to hold some level of scrum master certification. Any experience working on a scrum team is beneficial, and the more experience the better. You will need to be able to think fast to help solve problems. Communication skills are a plus, as you will be communicating with the development and scrum teams and product owner. Leadership skills are a must as well.

  • Lead the scrum team in using Agile methodology and scrum practices
  • Helping the product owner and development team to achieve customer satisfaction
  • Lead the scrum and development teams in self-organization
  • Remove impediments and coach the scrum team on removing impediments
  • Help the scrum and development teams to identify and fill in blanks in the Agile framework
  • Resolve conflicts and issues that occur
  • Help the scrum team achieve higher levels of scrum maturity
  • Support the product owner and provide education where needed
  • Prior experience on a scrum team
  • Ability to analyze and think quickly and to resolve conflict
  • Knowledgeable in techniques to fill in gaps in the scrum
  • Ability to determine what is scrum and what is not
  • Experience with successful Agile techniques
  • Ability to work with and lead a team
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and mentoring skills
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Self-motivation and ability to stay focused in the middle of distraction
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Scrum Master Salaries

Average Base Pay

$6,500 /month
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$5K
Median: $7K
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Senior Scrum Master
6 Dec 2019

“I accepted a great role with a good package and lots of room to grow my career.”

DISHDISH
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14 Jul 2020

“But let's not forget that management was new and really didn't know how thing were done.”

VerizonVerizon
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28 Jul 2021

“Work life balance isn’t the best but there have been major improvement and things are going the right way.”

Transport for LondonTransport for London
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7 Nov 2019

“Great people (some of the best people I've ever had the pleasure of working with)”

Bank of AmericaBank of America
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27 Oct 2019

“The pay is great but you have to drive in everyday unless you have a personal reason.”

Gorilla LogicGorilla Logic
Lead Scrum Master
16 Feb 2021

“5. Clients: a great set of challenging projects you can be part of.”

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25 Mar 2021

“The client actually decided to terminate my contract WITHOUT ANY FEEDBACK only TWO WEEKS after I started.”

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22 Apr 2021

“It's a great environment for everyone motivated to grow and bring value to their personal career development and for others.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a scrum master

When working as a scrum master, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Agile Software Development, SAFE Scrum Master, Agile Scrum Master, Backlog and Jira.

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The most common qualifications to become a scrum master is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.