Salesforce India Average Salaries Guide 2020

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At SalesforceBen.com, we have been enabling Salesforce Admins, Consultants, Developers and Marketers with salary statistics for a number of years. Then, we realised there was a gap – where was India? This is the first time we have focused on Salesforce salaries in India. 

There’s no doubt that Salesforce professionals are deserving of their compensation – they carry out a core function that allows organisations to extend Salesforce and improve user adoption to leverage its full potential. So, how much do Salesforce professionals in India earn, and how do you find out?

In this guide, we cover multiple different angles around salary and what factors may determine how much money an individual makes. First, let’s start by taking a look at India’s Salesforce economy, which is unique – and growing rapidly!

Salesforce India Economy: The Facts 

The ‘Salesforce Economy’ in India will continue to be an interesting country to watch. Research from IDC forecasts exciting

Salesforce ecosystem growth, both Salesforce as a company, and it’s network of partners and customers. The most recent report published in 2019 estimated that: 

  •  The Salesforce economy in India will generate $8.7bil of revenue in 2020 alone (projected to reach close to $30bil in 2024),
  • 548,000+ new jobs will be created as a direct result in the 6 year period (2019-2024), and an additional 1.3 mil indirectly.   

India has been a Salesforce hotspot for the past 3-4 years. For a structurally diverse country, investing in the right skills is key to building a workforce that is ready for the future. And Trailhead does just that in the best possible way! Bringing flagship events like TDX to the country and the growing Salesforce community are reliable signals of this huge potential.

Tojo Joseph,
Vice President, Marketing,
Dazeworks Technologies

 

It’s a good time to take a look at how the job market is shaping up in India! 

What We Asked

We launched a survey with 7 questions covering the type of role, salary, years of experience, certifications, and location.

These are the questions we set out on a mission to answer:

  • What the average salary is for Junior/Mid-level/Senior Salesforce Admins, Developers, Consultants, Marketers (and more), 
  • Where Salesforce professionals are based and how salaries vary by city, 
  • How many certifications professionals hold, and is this a factor in determining salary? 

I went away and analysed the 1670+ results.

I would like to underline that the data we gathered is self-reported data, which can often be misleading. Some sample sizes were too insignificant to include. We are reporting back on the information we gathered, but feel free to disagree with our findings in the comments section.

Average Salesforce Salaries in India

RoleAverage Salary (₹)
Salesforce Administrator 8,86,659
Salesforce Developer9,00,835
Business Analyst8,49,695
CRM Manager12,07,500
Marketing Automation Specialist8,63,333
Marketing Cloud Consultant8,37,200
Pardot Consultant6,61,518
Project Manager19,17,739
Salesforce Consultant - Functional or Technical12,77,967
Solution Architect22,09,977
Technical Architect26,76,672
Tester7,52,285

With more than half a million jobs expected to be created by 2024 with AI and IoT taking the centre stage, Salesforce will surely be a force to reckon with in the Indian context. Contrary to the country’s image of being a cost-effective IT services hub, Salesforce partners are investing big in the right skills to be the trusted digital enablement partners to Salesforce customers worldwide. This is validated by the substantial uptick in acceptance of Salesforce among developers in the recent past. The Salesforce Salary India Survey 2020 is bringing to the surface a whole gamut of insights on what to expect, especially when one is transitioning into Salesforce.

Shivanath Devinarayanan,
CEO & Founder,
Dazeworks Technologies

Salesforce Salaries vs. Experience in India

For the purposes of keeping this guide simple, we set the following experience categorisation:

  • Junior = Less than 3 years (“Less than 1 year” and “1-2 years” in the survey)
  • Mid-level = Between 3-5 years
  • Senior = Greater than 5 years (“5-7 years” and “8+ years” in the survey)

Salesforce Admin

Here is how Salesforce Admin salaries increase as individuals gain experience (measured in years):

SeniorityNo. years of experienceAverage Salary (₹)
Junior Admin< 3 years4,63,831
Mid-level Admin3-5 years6,78,263
Senior Admin5+16,20,400

Salesforce Developers

Here is how Salesforce Developer salaries increase as individuals gain experience (measured in years):

SeniorityNo. years of experienceAverage Salary (₹)
Junior Developer< 3 years5,00,924
Mid-level Developer3-5 years9,18,768
Senior Developer5+15,59,554

Salesforce Consultants

I predicted that measuring Salesforce consultant salaries may not be straightforward. Remember, I said that this is self-reported data, a factor that I will return to later in the analysis.

Here is how Salesforce consultant salaries increase as individuals gain experience (measured in years):

SeniorityNo. years of experienceAverage Salary (₹)
Junior Consultant< 3 years5,13,200
Mid-level Consultant3-5 years10,72,109
Senior Consultant5+25,55,329

Salesforce Salaries vs. Certifications in India

This is one of the ‘golden’ questions: do Salesforce certifications increase salary? In previous guides, I have pointed out that even though Salesforce professionals with higher salaries do have more certifications, this may be due to their experience (if they have been working with Salesforce for longer); plus, certifications take time to study for, and complete.

Here I will talk through the two most popular roles from our survey respondents.

Salesforce Admin

Do Admins with more experience have more certifications? Do the top Admin earners have more certifications than the average experienced Admin?

SeniorityAverage No. CertificationsMax No. Certifications
Junior Admin1.24
Mid-level Admin1.66
Senior Admin3.513

Salesforce Admins in the top 20% of salary earnings had on average 3.2 certifications.

Aside from the Salesforce Administrator certification, the top 20% also had:

  • Platform App Builder (11)
  • Salesforce Advanced Administrator (9)
  • Platform Developer I (4)
  • Sales Cloud Consultant (3)
  • Service Cloud Consultant (3)
  • Platform Developer II (2)
  • CPQ Specialist (2)
  • Field Service Lightning Consultant (2)
  • Einstein Analytics and Discovery Consultant (2)
  • Community Cloud Consultant (1)
  • Pardot Specialist  (1)
  • Marketing Cloud Admin (1)
  • Salesforce Accredited B2B Commerce Developer  (1)

Salesforce Developers

Do developers with more experience have more certifications? Do the top developer earners have more certifications than the average experienced developer?

SeniorityAverage No. CertificationsMax No. Certifications
Junior Developer1.69
Mid-level Developer2.916
Senior Developer4.816

Salesforce Salaries by City

These are the average salaries by city, overall. To account for differences, I only included cities with a large number of responses, with a reasonable seniority split, too.

Thank you to all the respondents in the following cities that contributed, it was amazing to receive such a geographically spread response: Ajmer, Andhrapradesh, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Kerala, Mangalore, Mysore, Nagpur, Palwal, Panchkula, Patna, Ranchi, Surat, Trivandrum, Vadodara, and Vijayawada.

Read on for where we break down one role for a city-by-city comparison.

CityAverage salary (₹)No. valid responses
Ahmedabad9,27,001 14
Bengaluru12,66,478275
Chandigarh10,60,28613
Chennai12,18,06959
Delhi16,75,918103
Gujarat10,40,8336
Gurgaon14,56,57756
Hyderabad10,13,945134
Indore7,56,2508
Jaipur7,65,68836
Kochi7,65,35316
Kolkata12,97,38125
Mumbai10,49,86564
Noida8,48,06828
Pune10,40,428154

Mid-level Developer Salaries by City

We thought that mid-level developers offer a good benchmark for this popular role.

CityAverage Developer Salary (mid-level) (₹)
Ahmedabad6,44,000
Bengaluru10,40,009
Chandigarh6,51,333
Chennai7,22,000
Delhi10,00,318
Gurgaon9,14,214
Hyderabad8,66,189
Indore6,10,000
Jaipur6,15,253
Kochi4,87,500
Kolkata14,30,000
Mumbai8,00,000
Noida8,52,143
Pune9,01,970

Mid-level Consultant Salaries by City

We thought that mid-level consultants offer a good benchmark for this popular role. Remember that a definition of a ‘consultant’ can vary widely, depending on the individual. We attempted to spot and remove anomalies in the data for this reason.

CityAverage Consultant Salary (mid-level) (₹)
Bengaluru16,33,333
Chandigarh19,50,000
Chennai10,10,000
Delhi17,62,000
Hyderabad13,40,250
Jaipur12,70,000
Mumbai7,18,122
Noida9,00,000
Pune10,87,222

Salesforce Salary Factors

One single figure without context can be misleading: there will be a significant difference in the salaries based on certain factors.

In the other salary guides we have live on the blog, we have called out the following factors as ones that could determine an individual’s salary:

  • Experience (Seniority)
  • Background with Other Development Languages (developers)
  • Certifications
  • Generalists vs. Specialists
  • Location
  • Market Demand, Skill Supply
  • End User vs. Consultancies

There are minor factors, such as if the role requires you to travel to onsite projects, however, we chose to leave misc. factors like these out because they apply to a small minority, and the impact on salary is negligible.

I recommend you take a look at our role-specific guides for the commentary relevant to your role:

Salesforce Admins, Consultants, Developers, Marketers.

Comments from Survey Respondents

We allowed respondents to share their thoughts on the last question of the survey; we deliberately left this a free text comment box to capture some great insight from Trailblazers.

These quotes are taken directly from the survey and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Salesforceben.com.

Here are some of the responses:

  • “Indian companies sometimes do not have specific jobs roles, for example, my exact role is not listed but I am doing what an architect does.”
  • “Compared to the workload and amount of knowledge required, the salary is low, especially from what I have seen in Pune based companies.”
  • “I do personally think that the hiring process and salary offered is not apt in India. It is not paid according to knowledge and hard work, but instead, is determined by the number of years spent in the industry (even if you gain ZERO knowledge)!”
  • “I feel compensation is lower in India than other countries for Salesforce professionals”
  • “It would be better if Salesforce sets a compulsory salary bar for companies offering Salesforce development services.”
  • In small cities the salaries are still low, even if you have more experience. There should be a standard structure for salary according to experience, and not to the city.”
  • “There’s a big gap in salaries when you compare India vs USA or other countries, which is way beyond the notion of difference in currency. It’s quite painful to see when people are not paid enough, while the world is moving ahead with technology advancements. This is a true story till now, let’s see what will be like in the future.”
  • You get salary increases only when changing company. Only technical folks can rely on salary increases year on year – whether they are good technically or not!
  • A lot of certified developers just can’t write the code good enough. Reading dumps and clearing exams is a bad precedence has been running for some time. Organizations have to maintain their partnership status with Salesforce, which forces them to get certified professionals.

Summary

Our first ever salary survey for India gathered 1670+ results over a 10 day period, thanks to all the amazing Trailblazers that were willing to build a picture of salaries in India.

The 7 questions covered the type of role, salary, years of experience, certifications, and location. We went away and analysed the results, which gave us insight into how salaries vary across India. That was the ‘how’; to answer the ‘why’, you can check out the role-specific salary guides we have live on the Salesforceben.com blog.

I would like to underline that the data we gathered is self-reported data, which can often be misleading. Some sample sizes were too insignificant to include. We are reporting back on the information we gathered, but feel free to disagree with our findings in the comments section.

What’s next? 

We know that there are still some unanswered questions. We hope to write about some of these topics in the upcoming months, such as, what is the salary “difference between certified and non certified developer?”, “How much can a junior Salesforce developer with no certifications and one year experience expect in terms of salary?”

So, Why Do We Care?

At SalesforceBen.com, we have been enabling Salesforce Admins, Consultants, Developers and Marketers with salary statistics for a number of years. Our latest Salary Infographic gives insight into the salaries for US & UK professionals across the core Salesforce job titles – but this is the first time we have focused on India.

Salesforceben.com has always had such great support from our readers and contributors based in India – in fact, over 20% of our readers are based there! (21.24% to be exact)

We’re pleased to be joined by Dazeworks in spreading the word about our survey. The Dazeworks team of Salesforce professionals will be valuable in producing some great content in the coming months.

 

7 thoughts on “Salesforce India Average Salaries Guide 2020

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    Salary structure is really low comparative to employers rate card, if above statics sis true which means employers have 70% to 75% margin profit because Indian employers rates is really good and it’s seems employees gets peanuts. I agree not every employer has same rate card but still average salary is really lower side.

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