IT Worker Compensation
Date: 02.25.2016
Source: Global Knowledge

Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2016

Global Knowledge has released the 15 top-paying certifications of 2016 based on their IT  Skills and Salary Survey conducted in the fall of 2015. (Note: some certifications may pay more than those listed but were excluded due to a low number of survey responses or lack of future availability.)

  1. AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate  |  $125,871
  2. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)  |  $122,954
  3. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)  |  $122,291
  4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)  |  $121,923
  5. Project Management Professional (PMP®)  |  $116,094
  6. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)  |  $113,320
  7. Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Routing and Switching  |  $112,858
  8. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Data Center  |  $107,045
  9. Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)  |  $105,008
  10. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)  |  $103,297
  11. Six Sigma Green Belt  |  $102,594
  12. Citrix Certified Professional - Virtualization (CCP-V)  |  $102,138
  13. Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Security  |  $101,414
  14. ITIL® v3 Foundation  |  $99,869
  15. VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)  |  $99,334

When comparing this list to last year's top certifications, several cracked the top 15 that didn't in 2015, including the number one cert, AWS Certified Solutions Architect. Also making the top 15 this year for the first time are CCIE, CCNA and CCP-V.

The biggest trend in this year's list is security - six of the top 15 are in security. The certifications below also deserve mention for being the most popular choices. Though ITIL Foundation is by far the most popular of the highest-paying certifications, it is still not as popular as the first four in the list below.

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