Top-15 Highest Paying Certifications

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Source: Global Knowledge

What are the best IT certifications based on salary?

Data from Global Knowledge’s 2017 IT Skills & Salary Survey revealed which certifications can help you advance your IT career and earn a better paycheck. From AWS to Microsoft and Citrix, these up-and-coming certifications are in security, cloud computing, networking, and more.

The survey was distributed globally, but this article focuses on the United States data and variations exist based on where you work, your years of experience and the type of company you work for, but this is still helpful in deciding where to spend your time and money in earning additional certifications.

To qualify for this year’s list:

  • A certification had to have at least 115 survey responses to ensure that the data was statistically valid.
  • The certification exam had to be available as of the writing of this article


Top Paying Certifications:

  1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) – $131,298
  2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) – $128,156
  3. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate – $125,091
  4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – $121,729
  5. Project Management Professional (PMP®) – $119,349
  6. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – $115,471
  7. Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V) – $105,086
  8. ITIL® v3 Foundation – $103,408
  9. VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) – $102,962
  10. Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA-N) – $102,598
  11. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) – Server Infrastructure – $101,150
  12. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) – Windows Server 2008 – $99,558
  13. Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization (CCA-V) – $99,411
  14. Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Routing & Switching – $96,826
  15. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) – Windows Server 2012 – $93,718


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