I'm currently working as a SWE and am interested in learning about the PM role and the experiences of others who switched to PM from a different role.
I enjoy customer engagement and planning/timelining work in an agile manner. These make me think I'd be a good fit for the role but I have some concerns/questions:
1. What is the pay-range compared to the average SWE pay range?
2. What skills are critical for the PM role?
3. Should I obtain Agile PM certificates?
4. Anything else I should know :)

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Former SWE turned PM here. I’ve spent the last 5 years managing people and projects. Certified PMP last year and maintaining Sec+.
My company lost an important contract last year so I’m beating the streets and honestly surprised by what I’m finding.
I’m looking at remote opportunities at companies in HCOL and LCOL and universally, senior project management jobs are paying 30-40% less than senior SWE roles. (Technical Program Management is about on par, but these roles perform little to none of the work that interests you. Despite the name, they are more strategic rather than technical focused).
If you have an opportunity to move into this role at your current organization and pay rate, go for it! Don’t get caught trying to make the transition cold in the current job market though. It’ll be a challenge to get into your current TC as an SWE.
I used to make fun of the ‘learn to code’ memes, but I’m finding it to be cliché for a reason!
FWIW, I did find getting PMP certified resulted in considerable more interest from recruiters.
Best of luck!

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This is exactly what I am finding. I slowly transitioned into being completely hands off and how I regret it now !!

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