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Product owner salary

What is the salary of a Product Owner (m / f)?

The role of the product owner in agile software development is to define the essential requirements and properties of a software solution in close coordination with the client and other stakeholders. On the basis of market and requirement analyzes, product strategies are defined, user stories are written and prioritized, a roadmap is drawn up and sprints are planned and their success is assessed. The particular challenge in this context is to find the right balance between properties, costs and completion time. Having your own software development background as well as training or a certificate as a Certified Scrum Product Owner can be helpful. It is difficult to make generally valid statements about the salary of a product owner, since the payment depends primarily on the size of the company.

In smaller companies and start-ups, (entry-level) salaries for product owners are between 35.000 € and 45.000 € common. Established players in the online business such as Trivago, HRS or Check24 usually pay their product owners between annual salaries 55.000 € and 65.000 €. Employees in established large corporations such as Deutsche Telekom or even SAP are even better off. Up to 50% more salary awaits here, so that experienced product owners can expect an average annual income of between € 90,000 and just over € 100,000. Since overall this is a very demanding role with a lot of responsibility - and in the context of the spread of agile development approaches - increasingly sought-after position, the incomes of product owners are also increasing at an above-average rate of approx. 4-5% p.a.

Salary table: Average salaries in IT staff functions

functionwork experienceMinMax
Business partnerStarted41.022 €46.958 €
Business partner3-5 years46.958 €57.346 €
Business partner6-9 years57.346 €69.112 €
Business partner> 10 years68.158 €95.718 €
IT consultantStarted47.276 €55.650 €
IT consultant3-5 years55.014 €72.822 €
IT consultant6-9 years72.504 €98.898 €
IT consultant> 10 years98.580 €113.526 €
IT project managerStarted57.346 €71.656 €
IT project manager3-5 years69.324 €81.090 €
IT project manager6-9 years78.864 €96.248 €
IT project manager> 10 years95.188 €109.392 €


To the most important tasks of a product owner include:

  • Development of product strategies and roadmaps
  • Definition of customer requirements in the form of user stories and acceptance criteria
  • Sprint planning, prioritization of backlogs, acceptance of features
  • Coordination of development work with software developers and Scrum Masters

As typical requirements apply to an owner:

  • Relevant specialist knowledge in software development and a technical or business degree
  • Profound knowledge of the Scrum methodology (e.g. proven by a CSPO certificate)
  • Good overview of new technologies
  • Experience in classic project management
  • Team leadership experience, communication skills and assertiveness

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