How Much Does a PMP® Increase Salary?

Those with the PMP® certification earn 23% more on average than their peers who are not PMP-certified.  

Where Does This 23% Statistic Come From?

It comes from Project Management Institute’s (PMI) latest Earning Power Report (10th Edition). It’s a survey of 33,000 people in 37 countries.

Will It Help Me Where I Live?

Almost certainly! Take a look at the data by country:

Salary Advantage of PMP® Certification by Country

CountryPMP Advantage
Australia11%
Belgium21%
Brazil25%
Canada18%
Chile43%
China0%
Colombia48%
Costa Rica35%
Ecuador53%
Egypt30%
France16%
Germany16%
Hong Kong22%
India36%
Ireland13%
Italy11%
Japan8%
Malaysia29%
Mexico43%
Netherlands14%
New Zealand22%
Nigeria7%
Peru22%
Poland32%
Qatar16%
Saudi Arabia21%
Singapore21%
South Africa58%
South Korea17%
Spain18%
Sweden11%
Switzerland12%
Taiwan15%
Turkey20%
United Arab Emirates24%
United Kingdom18%
United States25%

Only Mainland China shows no advantage. That may simply be because 97% of those surveyed in Mainland China are PMP® certified. There’s certainly an advantage in other areas in the region, such as Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore.

Will I Get a Raise When I Get My PMP®?

26% of those surveyed received salary increases of at least 5% in the previous 12 months. The full impact of the PMP advantage isn’t likely to happen immediately, but PMP certification can put you on the path to earning more.  

Are You Above Average?

Also consider that 23% is just the average salary difference it makes to have your PMP®.  By definition, half the people are above average. If you’re above average, then you can expect to see an even greater increase.

In my case, my salary (which was already six figures) increased by 50% within 3 years of getting my PMP® certification (back in 2005), and by 100% within 6 years.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

That depends of course on your experience, industry, career path, and location. Here are some tables that present an analysis of this question. You can use them to get an idea of what to expect.

How Does Median Project Manager Salary Vary by Country?

This table shows the median salary for project managers by country. Note that this is the median for all project managers, whether PMP certified or not.

Also note that throughout this article, we’re talking about salary alone – not including other benefits, bonuses, commissions, stock options, and so on.

CountryNon-PMPPMPAdvantage
Australia$100,181$110,88711%
Belgium$66,876$81,08021%
Brazil$36,864$46,08025%
Canada$63,746$74,99518%
Chile$37,938$54,36043%
China$29,040$29,0400%
Colombia$22,440$33,30848%
Costa Rica$31,172$42,00035%
Ecuador$26,000$39,80053%
Egypt$8,273$10,75430%
France$55,669$64,71916%
Germany$78,202$90,60716%
Hong Kong$61,800$75,19022%
India$20,264$27,48636%
Ireland$66,876$75,50613%
Italy$48,539$53,93311%
Japan$58,435$62,9308%
Malaysia$25,141$32,49829%
Mexico$25,836$36,83443%
Netherlands$75,506$86,29214%
New Zealand$72,512$88,70422%
Nigeria$20,097$21,5427%
Peru$29,848$36,54822%
Poland$31,662$41,75432%
Qatar$74,083$85,60716%
Saudi Arabia$57,581$69,84421%
Singapore$57,158$69,30421%
South Africa$47,868$75,39257%
South Korea$53,400$62,30017%
Spain$43,146$50,69718%
Sweden$67,617$74,90311%
Switzerland$121,718$136,00312%
Taiwan$26,560$30,49515%
Turkey$27,608$33,13020%
United Arab Emirates$72,000$89,14924%
United Kingdom$69,980$82,47718%
United States$92,000$115,00025%

How Does Median Project Manager Salary Vary by Experience?

Experience also plays a significant role in determining salary, as you can see in this table.

Country< 3 yrs3-5 yrs5-10 yrs10-15 yrs15-20 yrs> 20 yrs
Australia$68,827$76,474$91,769$111,652$122,358$133,830
Belgium$54,580$64,792$80,899$96,000$108,012
Brazil$32,224$33,054$40,602$47,084$58,003$64,448
Canada$48,747$59,996$66,797$76,495$83,432$89,994
Chile$36,240$50,736$54,360$62,331$70,967
China$23,595$22,651$29,040$31,944$34,848$26,862
Colombia$16,320$18,700$24,480$37,468$41,480$52,025
Costa Rica$21,000$34,145$38,850$43,200
Ecuador$22,200$31,200$38,000$56,000
Egypt$11,030$7,280$10,269$12,271$14,190
France$44,225$50,112$56,090$64,719$69,217$86,292
Germany$58,247$69,034$82,247$92,764$102,472$103,550
Hong Kong$61,800$64,375$79,104$92,700$98,494
India$17,102$21,378$24,432$31,304$38,175$45,810
Ireland$50,319$61,321$70,112$80,899$89,150$103,011
Italy$37,753$40,989$48,539$53,933$59,973$64,719
Japan$53,940$56,637$66,526$71,920$71,920
Malaysia$22,072$23,471$27,082$34,303$36,673$50,778
Mexico$17,522$23,521$31,572$36,834$49,989$52,812
Netherlands$56,090$59,326$75,506$91,685$97,079$107,865
New Zealand$49,368$61,952$75,328$88,000$95,040$98,560
Nigeria$12,505$22,330$28,710$38,280
Peru$19,610$25,584$36,548$40,325$48,366$60,914
Poland$25,229$30,275$37,844$43,621$45,412$50,458
Qatar$53,120$79,021$98,777$109,395$126,215
Saudi Arabia$36,788$45,319$63,979$79,974$95,436$118,362
Singapore$55,729$45,440$58,587$83,893$92,595$85,736
South Africa$38,103$40,688$56,644$75,033$87,758$95,736
South Korea$45,657$56,070$62,300$71,200$71,200
Spain$37,753$38,831$44,575$53,933$59,326$64,719
Sweden$51,751$59,923$62,646$73,769$76,265$85,118
Switzerland$94,698$101,879$121,536$136,003$146,077$161,189
Taiwan$22,605$22,953$29,511$32,790$36,069$47,546
Turkey$22,086$27,608$33,130$41,412$49,694
United Arab Emirates$54,442$65,330$78,396$98,000$124,128$143,727
United Kingdom$41,238$56,234$74,729$82,477$91,224$104,971
United States$75,000$85,000$100,000$115,000$122,000$130,000

How Does Median PMP®-Certified Salary Vary by Experience?

Here are the results by experience for those who are PMP certified.

Country< 5 yrs5-10 yrs10+ yrs
Australia$100,946$114,711$122,358
Belgium$70,759$86,292$101,674
Brazil$41,891$48,336$62,837
Canada$68,508$77,995$88,944
Chile$51,340$55,266
China$26,136$29,040$36,300
Colombia$26,520$39,168$54,400
Costa Rica$39,060$46,200$49,750
Ecuador$35,000$45,600
Egypt$9,100$13,071$13,545
France$59,326$67,955$75,506
Germany$86,292$93,843$99,011
Hong Kong$64,375$78,795$105,790
India$23,821$30,922$38,175
Ireland$71,514$80,899$94,355
Italy$49,618$56,090$59,919
Japan$59,334$62,930$71,920
Malaysia$28,323$37,576$45,136
Mexico$29,230$40,412$56,119
Netherlands$81,977$90,720$88,719
New Zealand$83,072$91,520$99,803
Nigeria$19,140$26,796
Peru$34,112$43,858$52,538
Poland$38,146$47,531$50,963
Qatar$80,901$98,777$131,702
Saudi Arabia$61,420$94,636$97,984
Singapore$60,015$78,592$106,456
South Africa$66,217$79,780$95,736
South Korea$53,512$66,750$71,645
Spain$48,539$58,247$68,603
Sweden$69,516$77,173$84,437
Switzerland$128,951$141,040$151,115
Taiwan$27,708$32,462$36,233
Turkey$33,130$41,412$49,694
United Arab Emirates$80,030$107,795$115,009
United Kingdom$74,979$87,476$103,392
United States$103,000$120,000$130,000

How Does Median Project Manager Salary Vary by Industry?

This table is specifically for the United States, but you can expect to see similar results in other countries.

Industry%25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile
Aerospace4%$99,000$118,000$143,920
Business services1%$75,000$95,000$113,000
Construction3%$80,000$100,000$126,000
Consulting7%$100,000$125,000$152,100
Engineering7%$97,750$117,500$142,000
Financial services7%$90,000$110,000$130,000
Food and beverage1%$89,640$113,500$133,850
Government11%$92,000$113,878$138,291
Healthcare10%$90,000$108,000$128,500
Information technology20%$92,500$114,000$135,000
Insurance3%$95,000$110,000$127,000
Legal< 1%$100,000$117,400$134,400
Manufacturing5%$90,000$108,500$128,000
Pharmaceuticals3%$104,000$129,000$155,000
Real Estate< 1%$79,900$100,000$124,000
Resources (Agriculture/Mining/etc.)1%$102,000$130,000$150,000
Telecommunications4%$92,000$109,000$129,000
Training/Education1%$73,522$90,000$107,500
Utility3%$96,739$117,875$134,000
Other8%$85,000$105,000$130,000

How Does Median Project Manager Salary Vary by Team Size?

Yes, the larger the project team, the more the project manager gets paid.

 < 55-1010-1515-2020+
Australia$99,416$103,240$114,711$122,358$130,006
Belgium$72,809$77,059$86,831$78,386$90,607
Brazil$41,891$42,536$46,918$46,241$48,336
Canada$67,496$73,870$77,245$78,771$86,619
Chile$41,690$51,130$63,420$54,360$67,950
China$28,023$27,878$29,040$29,040$30,056
Colombia$24,480$29,988$34,000$34,360$34,680
Costa Rica$40,460$33,600$39,530$44,600$43,750
Ecuador$25,500$35,000$38,000$43,320
Egypt$8,273$9,265$13,236$12,905$11,030
France$59,326$62,863$64,719$61,483$64,719
Germany$80,899$86,292$88,449$91,685$102,472
Hong Kong$66,744$83,688$80,340$92,700
India$21,111$24,432$24,680$27,486$30,540
Ireland$73,995$74,427$77,663$86,292$86,292
Italy$48,539$52,315$57,168$53,933$62,562
Japan$53,940$59,784$62,930$62,930$71,920
Malaysia$22,044$30,309$33,473$26,134$35,206
Mexico$32,388$31,730$33,677$31,177$45,253
Netherlands$72,170$81,977$85,496$89,528$97,079
New Zealand$78,848$84,480$84,480$95,040$98,560
Nigeria$14,724$23,045$26,956$19,300$22,330
Peru$30,457$34,272$38,376$44,163$36,548
Poland$35,321$37,844$43,142$42,385$41,628
Qatar$79,021$82,314$96,033$86,978$98,777
Saudi Arabia$62,759$76,242$75,975$63,979$63,979
Singapore$55,729$70,697$71,724$65,731$85,736
South Africa$55,846$66,856$69,146$78,184$83,111
South Korea$62,300$57,850$71,200$66,750$71,200
Spain$44,225$48,539$53,933$52,315$56,629
Sweden$60,150$68,102$72,180$73,201$78,989
Switzerland$119,884$130,966$141,040$141,040$148,180
Taiwan$31,478$29,511$37,709$39,348
Turkey$33,130$33,268$33,130$33,130$38,099
United Arab Emirates$89,829$92,824$96,982$95,274$83,920
United Kingdom$69,356$77,478$86,226$83,727$93,724
United States$105,000$110,000$116,000$117,000$125,103

How Does Median Project Manager Salary Vary by Project Budget?

Again, the larger the project budget, the more the project manager gets paid.

Country< $100K$100K-499K$500K-999K$1m-$10m>$10m
Australia$83,739$91,769$104,005$117,005$141,477
Belgium$61,140$70,112$74,400$86,292$102,472
Brazil$38,669$40,312$46,080$48,336$58,003
Canada$59,996$67,496$73,495$78,182$89,994
Chile$45,300$51,008$51,038$63,420$81,540
China$23,232$29,040$29,040$34,848$29,040
Colombia$23,052$26,520$31,766$36,630$43,758
Costa Rica$32,813$39,918$39,120$42,907$45,500
Ecuador$24,850$32,500$38,000$43,250$46,355
Egypt$9,376$9,899$8,273$11,912$11,306
France$57,708$59,326$62,562$63,640$69,034
Germany$76,584$80,899$86,292$94,813$102,472
Hong Kong$52,530$64,375$80,340$78,409$95,790
India$22,905$24,432$27,486$28,295$29,777
Ireland$66,443$75,506$71,083$80,899$91,685
Italy$47,461$51,775$53,933$56,090$59,326
Japan$58,147$58,435$62,930$71,920$71,920
Malaysia$22,568$27,082$32,724$33,852$38,366
Mexico$26,310$32,730$37,350$40,412$44,201
Netherlands$81,792$76,854$77,663$92,764$107,865
New Zealand$66,880$79,200$80,960$91,520$100,320
Nigeria$15,312$19,140$23,447$28,710$22,968
Peru$28,934$30,579$38,985$40,356$43,858
Poland$33,807$39,560$39,357$43,898$49,070
Qatar$66,058$75,199$77,375$89,448$88,899
Saudi Arabia$45,532$61,100$53,316$63,979$72,776
Singapore$55,729$60,373$65,946$74,468$77,877
South Africa$55,527$64,422$67,015$72,000$87,758
South Korea$55,180$49,840$62,300$62,300$64,970
Spain$43,146$47,461$49,618$53,933$59,326
Sweden$62,646$68,094$74,903$74,336$79,443
Switzerland$110,817$130,966$130,966$137,010$148,092
Taiwan$26,232$29,511$29,511$37,709
Turkey$33,130$33,350$33,130$33,130$36,443
United Arab Emirates$65,330$68,053$82,207$97,996$97,998
United Kingdom$66,856$74,667$74,979$89,506$92,474
United States$92,000$105,000$110,000$120,000$130,000

Do you want to increase your chances of getting on bigger projects, and getting the rewards that come with it? Then get your PMP!

A Second Opinion: PayScale.com

All of the above data comes from PMI’s Earning Power Report (10th Edition). With data from 33,000 people across 37 countries, it’s a good-sized survey with excellent insights.

However, it does have one drawback. All of the survey respondents are associated with PMI. That does limit the sample set. So, let’s see what other sources say about how much PMP certification increases salary.

Here’s the data from PayScale.com of the difference it makes when you’re PMP certified.

This data is specifically for the United States, but it provides insight into the difference it makes for different project management related job titles.

The PMP Advantage by Job Title

Job TitleNon-PMPPMPAdvantageAnnual $
Project Manager (general)$74,000$88,00019%$14,000
Senior Project Manager (general)$89,000$104,00017%$15,000
Project Manager, IT$87,000$96,00010%$9,000
Project Manager, Software Development$87,000$99,00014%$12,000
Technical Project Manager$92,000$101,00010%$9,000
Senior Project Manager, IT$113,000$115,0002%$2,000
Program Manager, IT$112,000$120,0007%$8,000
Service Delivery Manager$86,000$110,00028%$24,000
IT Manager$88,000$111,00026%$23,000
IT Director$118,000$143,00021%$25,000
Software Development Manager$123,000$125,0002%$2,000
Chief Information Officer$158,000$171,0008%$13,000
Chief Information Security Officer$160,000$174,0009%$14,000
Software Engineer / Developer$71,000$82,00015%$11,000
Certified Scrum Master (CSM)$89,000$102,00015%$13,000
Agile Coach$123,000$131,0007%$8,000

Sure enough, according to PayScale.com, the PMP advantage is not quite as high as the 23% reported by PMI. However, nearly every role in this table still shows a significant salary advantage.

Even higher-level positions, such as CIO (8%) and Chief Information Security Officer (9%). 8% may not sound like much, but that’s an average of $13,000 per year.

And you don’t have to be a project manager to benefit from the PMP advantage:

  • Software Developers (15%, $11,000/yr)

How does $11,000 more per year sound? $110,000 over 10 years. Even if you spent $2,000 to get your PMP, that’s a great return on your investment. That’s an ROI of over 500% in the first year alone.

Even if you’re more focused on Agile and Scrum:

  • Certified Scrum Masters (15%, $13,000/yr)
  • Agile Coaches (7%, $8,000/yr)

How Much Does Experience Affect Salary for Different Job Titles?

This data is also specifically for the United States, but shows how experience affects a project manager’s salary based on PayScale.com’s data.

The Experience Advantage by Job Title

Job Title< 1 yr1-4 yrs5-9 yrs10-19 yrs20+ yrs
Project Manager (general)$55,000$63,000$77,000$86,000$90,000
Senior Project Manager (general)$78,000$88,000$98,000$104,000
Project Manager, IT$60,000$71,000$88,000$100,000$110,000
Project Manager, Software Development$59,000$71,000$88,000$102,000$113,000
Technical Project Manager$57,000$77,000$92,000$102,000$111,000
Senior Project Manager, IT$90,000$92,000$105,000$116,000$120,000
Program Manager, IT$80,000$87,000$105,000$119,000$126,000
Service Delivery Manager$60,000$66,000$81,000$97,000$111,000
IT Manager$60,000$67,000$79,000$93,000$100,000
IT Director$77,000$79,000$97,000$121,000$130,000
Software Development Manager$98,000$102,000$112,000$126,000$130,000
Chief Information Officer$101,000$123,000$129,000$155,000$176,000
Chief Information Security Officer$106,000$121,000$129,000$160,000$172,000
Software Engineer / Developer$74,000$81,000$92,000$102,000$110,000
Certified Scrum Master (CSM)$67,000$81,000$97,000$103,000$115,000
Agile Coach$75,000$103,000$122,000$133,000$140,000

Experience naturally makes a significant difference. However, notice that PMP certification is worth about 5 or 10 years of experience. That’s a nice shortcut to a higher salary.

Other Resources

What are the requirements to become PMP-certified? https://www.pmguaranteed.com/pmp-certification-requirements/

How do I get my PMP? You can find out in my Complete Guide to PMP Certification: https://www.pmguaranteed.com/the-complete-guide-to-pmp-certification/

(Updated Nov 2019)

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