The Year in Review: The Best Paid IT Certifications for 2013

We look back at the trends and figures of IT certifications as 2013 comes to an end. We can’t help but look at the highest-paid IT certifications. These figures don’t necessarily tell you everything. Sometimes it’s not about how much money you make, but the potential of your entry-level certification and the potential it can lead to in just 2 years. But why not take a look? This list is based upon the Global Knowledge survey data. This data is only for the United States. It can vary based on where you live, your employer, your experience, and other factors.
PMP – $105,750 Project Management Professional
CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional. – $103,299
MCSD: Microsoft Certified Solutions Designer – $97.849
MCDBA: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator. $95,950
CCDA(r): Cisco Certified Design Associate – $94,799
MCAD: Microsoft Certified Application Developer – $93,349
VCP-DV: VMware Certified Professional Datacenter Virtualization – $92,400
CNE: Certified Novell Engineer. $91,350
ITIL v3 Foundation – $90,900
CCA: Citrix Certified Administrator – Citrix XenServer 6, $90,850
MCITP: Database Administrator – $90,200
MCTS: SQL Server 2005 – $90,100
MCT: Microsoft Certified Trainer – $89,949
CCNP(r), Cisco Certified Network Professional – $89,749
CCA: Citrix Certified Administrator – Citrix XenDesktop 5, $89,499
These are the numbers that certification holders reported making this year. Techrepublic projected another set of certifications at the beginning of 2013:
MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate). Salary Range: $52,000 – $115,000
MCSE: Private Cloud Salary Range: $52,000-102,000
PMP (Project Management Professional – Salary Range: $65,000 – $93,000
VCP (VMware Certified Professional – Salary Range: $59,000 – $80,000
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional – Salary Range: $65,000 – $111,000
What can we learn from 2013?
ITIL, CISSP and PMP are all great options. Your hard-earned CCNA certification will not pay as much if you are trying to build your Cisco career. As you climb the Cisco ladder, your salary will increase. We expect these candidates to see a rise in their salaries next year, considering Cisco’s massive overhaul of certifications and increased difficulty for the CCENT/CCNA exams.
We suggest that you look at the certifications and paths to help you decide where to take your IT career in 2014. This is our wish for you for 2014 and beyond.

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