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Apr 6 2011   2:44PM GMT

IT Earnings Down, Cert Values (Slightly Up)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

The 2011 IT Skills and Salary Report jointly produced by Global Knowledge (an IT training firm) and TechRepublic (an online resource for IT professionals) surveyed over 12,000 IT and business professionals. Among other content, this report includes information about salaries associated with various popular IT certifications, geographical breakdowns on salary by region and state, comparisons for 2009 through 2011, and more.

Global Knowledge/TechRepublic Survey Header

Global Knowledge/TechRepublic Survey Header

Highlights from this report include the following:

  • Average salary for all professionals surveyed was down 3.2 percent from the 2010 survey ($79,579 in 2011 vs. $82,115 for 2010).
  • Only just over half of respondents (54 percent) reported receiving a raise of any kind over the past year, where the average raise reported was 7 percent. Curiously, 7 percent of the total survey population reported taking a pay cut in 2010-11.
  • Average age of survey respondents: 44; average career tenure: 16 years; 79% of respondents were male; 67% of respondents have  an undergrad or graduate degree.
  • Those who attended training to work toward earning some kind of certification over the past 5 years (55% of respondents) earned an average salary that was 5.4% higher than those who did not attend such training or earn any professional certifications. Seventy percent of those who earned certifications reported that “…they felt efforts to obtain a certification was worth the additional commitment.”

There’s lots of interesting stuff in this report. You might want to download a copy (registration with Global Knowledge is required to obtain a download link) to check it out for yourself.

Thanks to Anne Martinez, whose Certification Watch newsletter Volume 14 #4 guided me to this interesting report!

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