Top five technical certifications by salary

Top five technical certifications by salary

Summary: As the global economy moves out of the Great Recession, technology and high-tech jobs will play a critical role in the recovery. But which skills and certifications can give you an edge on getting the job or promotion you want?

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This is a guest post from TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler. For more posts like this see TechRepublic's TR Dojo blog .

As the global economy moves out of the Great Recession, technology and high-tech jobs will play a critical role in the recovery. But which skills and certifications can give you an edge on getting the job or promotion you want?

For the third year in a row, Global Knowledge and TechRepublic partnered to create and distribute a comprehensive IT salary survey. From October 19 to November 15, 2009, over 19,529 IT professionals from around the globe (over 17,800 were from the U.S. and Canada) answered questions about their overall job satisfaction, base salary, benefits, bonuses, certifications and more. In March, we released the result of this survey in our 2010 IT Skills and Salary Report.

As part of the report, we asked respondents to indicate which of more than 145 industry certifications they possessed. We then compared those numbers with each individual’s salary. Here’s a list of the top five technical certifications by average salary:

  1. $99,928 - CISSP (Cert. Info. Sys. Security Professional)
  2. $93,953 - CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate)
  3. $91,271 - VMware Certified Professional
  4. $89,864 - CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)
  5. $86,454 - MCSE (MS Certified Systems Engineer)

For a complete breakdown of the top 20 IT certifications by salary and a host of other IT skills and salary information, download the complete 2010 IT Skills and Salary Report.

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  • Top five technical certifications by salary

    I used to be CCDA certified. I shouldn't have let
    that one expire. I really like how there is no
    linux based certs in the top 5.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Linux Certs

      2 of the 4 Linux certs in the survey make more than the bottom 3 certs listed in this top 5.

      From the entire list of certs in the report:
      RHCE $92,743 (Red Hat)
      CLP $92,850 (Novell)

      Entire report @ http://www.globalknowledge.com/training/generic.asp?pageid=2614&country=United+States%20
      NetAdmin1178
      • How does Linux get paid when it is FREE?

        I don't understand. How do Linux Engineers get paid when LINUX is FREE?

        Does that mean LINUX is not free?
        nmoore41
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          c9905010@...
        • How does Linux get paid when it is FREE?

          Linux Engineers get paid by the support and by teh tunning the tools that the coustumer want to use.
          c9905010@...
  • RE: Top five technical certifications by salary

    I think it some what depends on the company/organization you get a job into...
    jassimraja@...
  • Cherry picking the "top 5"?

    Looking at the full report - http://www.globalknowledge.com/training/generic.asp?pageid=2614&country=United+States%20 - I'd love to know how this "top 5" was determined. I see many other certs coming in with ave salaries as high or higher than those listed as the top 5. (Examples: CCIE $110,000; CCDP $100,000; RHCE $92,743) Perhaps these are just the certs the editor "felt" were the best; I don't see the correlation based on the survey results.
    NetAdmin1178
  • Read the details...rather than just the list

    Where it says:

    "As part of the report, we asked respondents to indicate which of more than 145 industry certifications they possessed. We then compared those numbers with each individual?s salary. Here?s a list of the top five technical certifications by average salary:"

    Sounds to me like they really mean that the list is based on the number of respondents who had that certification i.e. among the respondents, more had a CISSP than any other cert and the ones who said they had a CISSP were averaging $99,928. Its kind of a sideways way to look at it but I think that's what they are doing.

    Then again certifications are always a chicken and the egg sort of situation. I've generally found that employers value real world achievements far over certifications. So are these people making a lot of money because they have a lot of accomplishments and just happen to have the certifications too? I think that's likely. Certifications certainly do not hurt, particularly if you are just starting out and need a piece of paper to prove you know something - but its only one piece of information among many that determine hiring and salaries.
    cornpie
    • True that, except...

      Certs were a big deal 10 years ago. Job announcements used to have [i]"must have MCSE"[/i] or some other such nonsense.

      But then they were running into people who knew how to take exams but didn't know jack. Now it's job experience that counts for more, although the Federal Government is requiring people be certified in something pertaining to their field.
      still not nice
  • Finally a sustantive article! NT

    nt
    Drakaran
  • RE: Top five technical certifications by salary

    No way an MCSE is making 86,000 unless they live in Cali.
    steveracer67
  • RE: Top five technical certifications by salary

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