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CSM or PMP, Which Cert Earns You More Money?

05.13.2011
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Let’s put aside the ethical arguments about certifications for a moment and look at the salary data behind Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

A Certified ScrumMaster earns 3% more money than a ScrumMaster.

Certified ScrumMaster vs ScrumMaster Salaries

A PMP Certified Project Manager earns 12% more money than a Project Manager.

Project Management Professional vs Project Manager Salaries

A Certified ScrumMaster earns 6% more money than a PMP Certified Project Manager.

Certified ScrumMaster vs Project Management Professional Salaries

A search for “PMP CSM” over on Indeed.com’s salary data does not yield any additional gains in salary. At the time of this post it returns $112,000 a year, which is identical to the CSM salary listed above.

It isn’t a surprise that a Certified ScrumMaster earns more than a Project Manager, however it will be interesting to see how the new PMI Agile Certifications impact these numbers going forward.

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Comments

Muhammad Faiz replied on Fri, 2012/04/13 - 8:32am

Wow, I thought that a PMP has a much higher salary than that of a Scrum Master. Maybe because nowadays there are so many PMPs out there it’s not even funny, which makes one wonder about the value of the PMP certification.

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