Scrum Master

Explore the daily responsibilities, salary potential, and required skills of a scrum master. Discover statistics on industry growth, common qualifications, and sectors with the highest employment.

Overview

“Scrum” is a project management framework that aims to boost agility, collaboration, and continuous learning among teams. Often used among software developers, the framework is comprised of incremental product developments known as “sprint” sessions. Sprints allow a team to produce a version of a product, review their results with stakeholders, then apply the necessary product changes or adjustments in their next sprint session.

Scrum masters are thus project managers of the scrum process, coaching team members through the various and improving workflows when required. These professionals are typically committed to the framework, its values, and practices, though remain flexible with other methods to enhance team productivity. On a day-to-day basis, they may lead sprint meetings, sprint reviews, preparing reports, and consulting with stakeholders.

As a subsect of project managers, scrum masters can expect employment growth within the next five years – with a projected 6.2% job growth, according to SEEK statistics.

Key Skills

  • Sharp critical thinking and problem-solving skills ensuring successful sprint sessions
  • Strong leadership and communication skills for efficiently guiding teams through the scrum process
  • Strong attention to detail for ensuring all client needs are met
  • Ability work in a high-stress environment, meeting tight deadlines and quick turnaround times
  • Sharp planning and estimation skills for setting realistic sprint goals
  • Excellent conflict resolution; able to upload the scrum “values” of transparency, honesty, and respectful communication

Quick Facts

Scrum masters can find work in most regions of Australia, with New South Wales  currently holding the largest share of workers. Weekly salary potential is currently higher ($1,660) than the all job average ($1,460) with plenty of opportunity for full-time work.

Salary Range

$73,000 – $146,000 (Median: $106,000)*

*Source: Payscale

Average Weekly Hours

43 hours (vs. all jobs average of 44 hours)*

*Source: Job Outlook

Main Industries

Public Administration and Safety; Construction; and Education and Training

Most Common Qualification Level

31.4% hold a Bachelor’s Degree

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*Sources: payscale.com.au and joboutlook.gov.au – All information is to be used as a guide only, and are accurate at the time of publication.