Top 10 Highest Paying Salesforce Jobs

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There is no doubt that a career in Salesforce leads to some very attractive salaries. The high salaries are generally due to a combination of the fact that Salesforce requires a lot of skill and knowledge to properly administer, implement, or develop on, as well as the fact that the platform brings huge positive impact to businesses.

When getting started in the Salesforce world, there are usually a few core roles that people can hold. Some of these would include Junior Admin, Consultant or Developer, depending on your background, one might be more appropriate than the other. Once you have a few years under your belt, there are many different paths you can take to build a fulfilling career.

As salary is a motivational factor for a lot of people, let’s take a look at the Salesforce jobs that command the most money in the world.

*Data included in this post is from the world’s largest salary survey by Mason Frank. Download a copy for yourself.

10. CRM Manager | $147,000

CRM managers ensure that business CRM systems are properly maintained, upgraded, and fulfilling business requirements. They could be compared to a Senior Salesforce Administrator, however, a CRM Manager role is usually at a bigger organization where they would have their own team. This could include Admins and Developers depending on the business.

9. Pre-Sales Consultant | $148,500

Pre-Sales consultants are a skilled role that bridges the gap between the commercial and technical world. By definition of their role, they are usually involved alongside sales in selling a product or service. They will be the sales individuals right hand (wo)man, and will take on the responsibility of finding out about the prospects business and technical requirements, and will sometimes build and present a demo. Pre-Sales roles are usually found at product companies such as Salesforce, or any App on the AppExchange, as well as Salesforce consultancies selling their services.

8. Project Manager | $149,000

Project managers oversee the successful implementation of Salesforce products. You will commonly find these roles within a Salesforce consultancy that implements various products such as Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, or Marketing Cloud. Project managers need to have a strong understanding of the product lifecycle, and be able to control a project, ensuring it stays within timescales, budget, and scope. The best project managers are those that have a grasp on project management methodologies, as well as understand the Salesforce platform.

7. Functional Consultant | $151,000

Functional consultants are the individuals that implement Salesforce products. You will most commonly find these roles within Salesforce Consultancies. They will be tasked with identifying a customer’s requirements, translating it to Salesforce solutions, and then actually implement it using declarative point and click tools on Salesforce. Ensure you are being paid what you’re worth with our Consultant Salary Guide.

6. Program Manager | $158,500

Program managers are very similar to Product Managers in the way that they are involved in the successful roll-out of Salesforce products. The way they differ is the fact that Programs are usually made up of several other projects, and have an overarching business strategy attached to all of them, providing extra complexity and required skill.

5. Solution Architect | $161,000

A solution architect is involved in the solutioning and architecting of Salesforce projects. While a functional consultant may be able to gather requirements and create a solution for a smaller project, Solution Architects are typically brought in for more complex projects. This may involve multiple departments, integration with other systems, or simply complex processes. The Architects are the people that need to understand Salesforce inside out, as well as best practices associated with larger projects.

4. Developer | $162,500

While a functional consultant configures Salesforce with point and click functionality, developers are brought in for more complex requirements. Salesforce developers typically code in Apex, Visualforce, Javascript for Lightning, and other languages for integration. Salesforce declarative functionality can only go so far, and developers can build almost anything on the platform. Learn how to command the best salary possible with our Developer Salary Guide.

3. Development Manager | $163,500

When a team of developers is needed for an end-user of Salesforce, or a consultancy, a development manager may be required. They will in charge of ensuring developers performance, as well as providing best practice and leadership support.

2. Technical Consultant | $171,000

Similar to a functional consultant, you will find technical consultants mostly at Salesforce consultancies. The differentiator is that technical consultants will have the knowledge of both the functional, and development side of Salesforce. This is a powerful combination as you combine the functional and technical sides of Salesforce together, meaning this individual can support almost any aspect of Salesforce.

1. Technical Architect | $180,000

At #1 there are no surprises here, the technical architect is the highest-paid Salesforce job in the world. Similar to a solution architect, technical architects will work on large scale implementations or projects. The difference being is that a technical architect can oversee any element of a Salesforce implementation, they understand code, integrations, declarative solutions, and even other systems such as AWS, CTI systems, and BI tools. Please bear in mind that this salary is not for a Certified Technical Architect, who can command even more than this salary!

Bonus. VP Sales | $222,500+

There is one role in the Mason Frank Salary Survey that commands more money than a Technical Architect, and that’s Sales Director, or VP Sales. You will typically find this role in Salesforce, Salesforce AppExchange partners, or Salesforce Consultancies. Sales roles such as this often make up their salary by 50% base, and then 50% performance-based commission. While very different to many of the other technical roles above, if you fancy making the big bucks, sales could be a path to choose.

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18 thoughts on “Top 10 Highest Paying Salesforce Jobs

    1. Ben McCarthy

      Hi Chandi, most of these jobs are pretty senior so some will be achieved by promotion, or potentially a job change, and certifications will most definitely help.

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    What state are these numbers from? Or the data in general? Maybe in bay area you can get this, but then again 160k is almost poverty in bay area so it’s not that great.

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    Hi Ben good to see such encouraging content with equally great packages. But what should a entry level person profile should be Or can be if they target a admin 2 levels and developer 1 level certification. Or can u suggest how to plan on getting a entry to the potential Salesforce market.

    1. Ben McCarthy

      Hi Gokul, great questions. Certifications are a great way to prove to potential employers that you know what you are talking about, how unfortunately experience is needed in order to land one of these jobs. Of course there are entry level positions around, so if you already have certs, and some volunteering experience, then this is a great way to get into the market. This post might be able to help https://www.salesforceben.com/get-salesforce-experience/

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    Hey Ben, I have a question I’m new to salesforc eand currently i’m learning salesforce with trailhead with more spending time on it. so i want to become a salesforce developer but i dont have very much knowledge about coding, programming so could i become a salesforce developer?

    1. Ben McCarthy

      Hi Shubham, you are well on your way to becoming anything you want to be if you are learning through Trailhead. Many Salesforce Developers starting from non-coding backgrounds. But it’s not an easy skill to learn, and does require many hours of learning and practicing. That being said, there are many resources online for you to get started. We actually released a post this week that you might find interesting – https://www.salesforceben.com/4-best-resources-to-use-to-learn-the-real-basics-of-apex/

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    Where do you get these jobs ?? Probably USA.

    These numbers are not accurate in India where Salesforce salaries are not beyond USD 40k/yr

    1. Lucy Mazalon

      Hi, a very good point! We have been running a salary survey just for the Indian market over the past 2 weeks. The survey closed on Friday and I am analysing the results (which will be published w/c 27th July). Keep an eye out for those!

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    Hi Ben,

    It was very interesting to read your article “Top 10 Highest Paying Salesforce Jobs”. The information is really insightful.

    But there is some issues with the Salesforce Salary Survey as I am unable to fill below details on Salesforce Salary Survey on the survey link – “https://www.research.net/r/SalesforceSalarySurvey_20_21_SfB” .

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    1. Lucy Mazalon

      Hi Sunil, that is strange! Do you mean that you are unable to enter any information into the fields, or that you don’t want to fill in the fields?

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    Hi Ben,

    What is the salary range for the Einstein Analytics certified with Einstein Analytics experience for about 2 years should expect?

    Thanks in Advance,
    Farzana

    1. Lucy Mazalon

      Hi Farzana, thanks for your interesting question. We don’t have that data available right now unfortunately – we only have high-level role based data (vs. certification and salary data).

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