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Salary Insights - Product Marketing Manager

We were recently engaged by a client to conduct a search for their first Product Marketing Manager. Our client is a Canadian based, privately held technology company whose end-to-end solutions provide connectivity for enterprise remote workers or off-the-grid adventurers.

Their ideal candidate would be someone already functioning as a senior-level Product Marketer, responsible for a complex product used in enterprise applications. It was important to the client that their hire had significant product release experience, and would instill credibility to both the sales and engineering teams who are not accustomed to working with the product team.

We presented a range of candidates to our client:

The Strategic Marketer - $110K + bonus   

  • 24 years of employment experience, most of which was in Product Management, Pricing Management and Launch Readiness/Management.
  • Experience marketing complex products, including end-to-end products (hardware and software and connectivity.)
  • North American + LatAm experience
  • STEM degree + MBA

The Up & Comer - $95K Base + 15% Bonus 

  • Described as an ‘up-and-coming top talent’ with 5 years of employment experience, 4 of which spent in product management.
  • Experience marketing complex and connected IoT products used by consumers or commercial customers.
  • Experience with go-to-market and launch strategies, leveraging partnerships and channel resellers.
  • STEM degree

The Veteran Marketer - $110K base + bonus 

  • 23 years of employment experience, 13 of which spent in product marketing.
  • Experience marketing technical products, including end-to-end solutions encompassing hardware, software and connectivity.
  • The first Product Marketing hire for a company with a mandate to prove the function and the value it adds to the business. Managed a small team focused on product releases.
  • Marketing degree, MBA + numerous product and project management certifications.

The Hire: 

  • 16 years of employment experience including international market experience and 8 years working for a vendor of complex tech products which included software, hardware and connectivity components.
  • Experience launching new lines of business from ideation to full commercialization with significant revenue and margin growth.
  • Promoted multiple times by their current employer.
  • Business and Marketing Degrees

To land their candidate, our client offered $120K base + 15% Bonus

As you can see, compensation for these candidates varies significantly based on the length and scope of experience, as well as their ability to thrive in similar environments.

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For organizations and job seekers alike, it can be challenging to understand what a particular position should pay. Often, it’s a calculation between salary surveys that lack all context, what a person has earned in the past, and ad hoc conversations with others in the field.

We’re sharing market insights into current compensation packages for key roles in the tech industry. Our recruiters conduct targeted searches on behalf of our clients, seeking out candidates who fit the requirements of the role and diligently qualifying them to present only the very best talent. These posts are meant to highlight the contextual elements that makeup compensation, and to help our clients and candidates better understand the current market forces that affect earning potential.

Is your organization hiring key product talent that will drive your growth? Book a consultation with our friendly and knowledgeable team today—we live and breathe the tech talent ecosystem every day, and can help you understand the market for the talent you need.