In the latest “Between the Lines” for ZDNet, TechRepublic guest blogger Bill Detwiler reports on the “Top five technical certifications by salary.” Based on an IT salary survey conducted in tandem between Global Knowledge and TechRepublic (the third year in an ongoing series–see their joint 2010 IT Skills and Salary Report for more details), their “Top 5” list includes some old familiars as well as a relative newcomer that’s been attracting strong interest for some time now.
Here’s Detweiler’s list, followed by some commentary from yours truly:
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)
I’m a little surprised to see the relatively junior Cisco CCDA certification showing up in the number two position, and very interested to see the relative newcomer VCP showing up in the number three slot. of course the CISSP is no surprise at all in number one (where it’s been in multiple salary surveys many, many times before). I’m very interested to see that the Windows Server 2003 (and older) based MCSE is still so close to the top of the charts, and also glad to see a solid professional-level credential like the CCNP filling the number four position.
If you want to see the full report, you’ll need to join the TechRepublic site (if you’re not already a member). The survey contains lots of interesting information and is probably worth a look, even if you just want to see how your personal situation and salary stack up against the pool of respondents (all 19,500 of them).