How Much Does A Customer Success Manager Make?
🚀 Ever wondered how much CSMs make in other countries?
There are highs and lows—Let's break it down quickly for the regions where there is the most tangible data on Glassdoor:
Salaries vary across different countries.
In Spain, the average salary is around $40-$45k, with some of the CSMs reaching $60k, including an additional $20k.
Meanwhile, in Germany, a team lead managing 10+ CSMs can get a $120k base with a $20k bonus.
In contrast, an entry-level CSM in the Netherlands usually makes around $40k.
In Sweden, €70k is considered a great salary, while in France, the range can go from €35k up to €100k.
And here’s what CSMs make in the UK:
CSM salaries also vary based on the industry and company size, including the verticals —enterprise, commercial, mid-market, or SMB.
CSMs managing higher-end customer portfolios usually get higher salaries.
USA and Canada
The average CSM salary in the US is around $97k a year.
In Los Angeles, where the estimated cost of happiness is $150k, some CSMs report salaries as low as $82k.
In Canada, a CSM with less than a year of experience can secure a salary of around $65k and get an additional monthly commission.
On the East Coast, a CSM with 3 years of experience can expect a base of $100k with an On-Target Earnings (OTE) of $130k.
In New York City, the salary range for a CSM is between $100k - $130k, based on experience.
Climbing the Career Ladder
The dynamics change fast when you get in a higher position.
A Senior Director, for example, can get a staggering $240k base.
Experienced CSMs often enjoy the flexibility of fully remote work, with salaries ranging from a $120k+ base to a $150k OTE.
Challenges and Aspirations
Note that there is also a growing request for SPIFF (Sales Performance Incentive Fund) options.
It highlights the importance of incentives, especially when the role involves heavy collaboration with Sales.
The CSM community is a perfect mirror of the broader economic landscape.
From six-figure salaries to the challenges of making ends meet, there isn’t any consistent range.
What’s clear is that the journey from entry-level to leadership positions brings many challenges.
And CSMs continue to build their own unique story.
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