Do you have a top paying IT certification?

We normally associate IT certifications with resumes and framed certificates, but in a recent report (15 Top Paying IT Certifications) we find out the real monetary value connected with having such a certification.

This survey (conducted by Global Knowledge) collected data from over 200 respondents and compiled a report to fairly represent the average annual wage for a person with that particular IT certification.

Get ready, here are the IT certifications in order of  most paid:

  1. PMP® – Project Management Professional – ($111,209)
  2. CISSP® – Certified Information Systems Security Professional – ($110,342)
  3. CCDA® – Cisco Certified Design Associate – ($101,915)
  4. ITIL® v3 Foundation – ($97,691)
  5. MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer – ($91,650)
  6. VCP – VMware Certified Professional – ($91,648)
  7. CCNP® – Cisco Certified Network Professional – ($90,457)
  8. CompTIA Server+ – ($84,997)
  9. MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional – ($84,330)
  10. CCNA® – Cisco Certified Network Associate – ($82,923)
  11. MCSA – Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator – ($82,923)
  12. CompTIA Security+ – ($80,066)
  13. MCP – Microsoft Certified Professional – ($79,363)
  14. CCENT® – Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician – ($74,764)
  15. CompTIA Network+ – ($71,207)

As lovely as all this looks, it’s worth noting that you can’t just walk into a high paying job with just an IT certification – it will be heavily dependent on your level of experience too.

“There was a time when, if you had a certification, you were reasonably assured of getting a job. Now it is more of a disqualifier – not having a certification means you may not even get an interview.”

Source: Global Knowledge Report

Learn more:

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CompTIA Security+