Top 10 Best-Paying IT Certs

Posted November 1, 2016 By  Cynthia Harvey

One of the ways for IT professionals to increase their earning power is by obtaining one or more certifications. But not all certifications are the same. Some can boost IT salaries significantly, while others do little to increase pay.

A 2015 report from testing provider Pearson Vue found that 24 percent of IT professionals who had obtained a certification received a salary increase of up to 20 percent as a result of the certification. In addition, 59 percent of people who had obtained IT certs said that the training and exam helped them either to gain confidence or to achieve higher performance ratings, both of which can help IT pros increase their salaries over time.

So which IT certification should you pursue?

The answer depends on a lot of factors, including your area of expertise, the vendors your current employer uses and your past education experience. IT workers might also want to take into account the level of pay associated with various certificate programs and the cost and requirements of the various options.

For this slideshow, we compiled a list of the 10 IT certifications with the highest average salaries. The salary data comes from a 2016 report published by Global Knowledge, a professional development training provider. Many of the certifications on the list are related to a few in-demand areas, notably networking, security and cloud computing.

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