Security, Virtualization Roles Among Best-Paid IT Certifications

The findings are contained in Global Knowledge’s new list of 15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2017.

Aldrin Brown, Editor-in-Chief

January 24, 2017

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Security Virtualization Roles Among BestPaid IT Certifications

Technicians with certifications in security, virtualization and cloud computing top this year’s list of best-compensated IT workers, according to a new survey.

Professional development and IT training firm Global Knowledge recently released its annual list of the 15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2017.

The list is based on the U.S. portion of Global Knowledge’s 2017 IT Skills and Salary Survey.

To be considered for the annual list, a certification had to generate at least 115 survey responses to ensure the data was statistically valid.


1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

Avg. Salary: $131,298

Learn more: ISACA – formerly Information Systems Audit and Control Association, but now an acronym only – offers and manages the CRISC certification. Information is available at the ISACA website.


2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Avg. Salary: $128,156

Learn more: Visit the ISACA website.


3. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Avg. Salary: $125,091

Learn more: Top AWS Certifications.


4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Avg. Salary: $121,729

Learn more: CISSP Certification Prep Course.


5. Project Management Professional (PMP)

Avg. Salary: $119,349

Learn more: PMP page at Project Management Institute website.


6. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Avg. Salary: $115,471

Learn more: CISA page at ISACA website.


7. Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V)

Avg. Salary: $105,086

Learn more: CCP-V .


8. ITIL v3 Foundation

Avg. Salary: $103,408

Learn more: ITIL certification tracks


9. VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)

Avg. Salary: $102,962

Learn more: VCP5-DCV.


10. Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA-N)

Avg. Salary: $102,598

Learn more: CCA-N exam.


11. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) – Server Infrastructure

Avg. Salary: $101,150

Learn more: MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure.


12. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) – Windows Server 2008

Avg. Salary: $99,558

Learn more: Windows Server 2012 or 2016 requires a single exam.


13. Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization (CCA-V)

Avg. Salary: $99,411

Learn more: CCA-V.


14. Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Routing & Switching

Avg. Salary: $96,826

Learn more: CCNP Routing and Switching certification.


15. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) – Windows Server 2012

Avg. Salary: $93,718

Learn more: MCSA Windows Server 2012.


*Note: With most certifications, upgrading to the Citrix Certified Professional-Virtualization (CCP-V) increases the average salary (this year from $99,411 to $105,086).


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About the Author(s)

Aldrin Brown

Editor-in-Chief, Penton

Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.


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