Senior Product Manager: Salary Insights

We were recently engaged by a client to conduct a search for a Senior Product Manager. Our client is a Series B funded Canadian B2B software vendor, which provides an integration platform for the retail industry. 

Our client was looking for a Senior Product Manager with API integration experience, a background in commerce, and a highly technical background. Their product organization was going through a period of growth and transformation, and they needed a senior candidate who had a track record of successfully releasing product. 

We presented a range of candidates to our client: 

The Competition Cowboy: Base salary of $135K. 

  • Several former employers were direct competitors to our client, so this candidate had deep subject matter expertise in the space. 
  • Experienced in releasing new products in the market, from ideation to commercialization for enterprise clients. 
  • Background was more on the business/client facing side of Product Management, rather than technical. 


The Diligent Director: Base salary of $125K, with a 15% variable component.

  • A senior candidate with international experience as a Director of Product, and then moved back to an individual contributor role in Canada. 
  • Highly technical background, with an Engineering degree and a track-record of working effectively with technical teams. 
  • Robust API experience, but lacking in commerce experience. 


The Ideation Idealist: Base salary of $155K.

  • Strong background in API integrations and commerce products. 
  • Experienced launching highly technical products in the market, from ideation to product release. 
  • Experience working with a direct competitor to our client, bringing deep subject matter expertise. 


The API Allstar: Base Salary of $130K, with a $10K bonus. 

  • Senior Product Manager with a track record of successfully releasing product. 
  • An API integration expert, who had worked closely with engineering teams to design solutions. 
  • Past work experience included startups and large companies. 


The Hire: Base salary of $125K, with a variable bonus. 

  • Experience Senior level product manager with over 20 years of experience. 
  • Varied professional background which includes experience in large firms and startups, and as a manager and an individual contributor. 
  • Strong business acumen and technical skills. 
  • In-depth experience with commerce products and API integrations. 

To attract the candidate they hired, our client offered a base salary of $130K, comprehensive benefits which included a personal development budget and a lifestyle/health allowance, and a competitive vacation policy.

As you can see, compensation for these candidates varies significantly based on the length and scope of experience, and leadership capability.

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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.

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