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Tech Certifications with the Highest Reward in 2017

Foote Partners LLC analyzed 430 certified technology skills to determine which skills delivered the best ROI through the first half of 2017. Information Security certifications topped the list when median cash premiums that employers are willing to pay above base salary for specific certified skills were compared with quarterly changes in market value. 

Tech Certifications with the Highest Reward in 2017

Here are the certifications that made the Top 10:

  1. InfoSys Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP/CISSP) 
    Pay Premium: 17% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 30.8% in the last six months
     
  2. Check Point Certified Security Master (CCSM)
    Pay Premium: 16% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 23.1% in the last six months
     
  3. GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM)
    Pay Premium: 14% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 7.7% in the last six months; 27.3% in the last three
     
  4. GIAC Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst (GPPA)
    Pay Premium: 14% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 27.3% in the last six months
     
  5. InfoSys Security Management Professional (ISSMP/CISSP)
    Pay Premium: 14% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 30% in the last three months
     
  6. Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
    Pay Premium: 13% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 8.3% in the last six months
     
  7. GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
    Pay Premium: 13% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 18.2% in the last six months
     
  8. Cisco Certified Network Professional – Security (CCNP-Security)
    Pay Premium: 11% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 22.2% in the last six months
     
  9. EC-Council Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) 
    Pay Premium: 11% of base salary 
    Market Value Increase: 22.2% in the last three months
     
  10. ITIL Expert Certification
    Pay Premium: 11% of base salary
    Market Value Increase: 10% in the last six months
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