Back in 2004-2005, the most prestigious Cisco certification, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) was considered the biggest cash cow of IT certification. The average salary of a CCIE professional in USA was around $110,000 per year.
However, employers recently are seeking IT professionals with business-oriented certifications in such areas as project management and Six Sigma (six sigma is a technique that applies statistical tools to measure, analyze and fix problems). This new trend has caused the CCIE certification to drop to the fifth position in salary earnings.
The top 6 paying certifications in 2008 are:
- PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) – $102,000 average salary in 2008
- PMI Certified Associate in Project Management
- ITIL v. 2 – Foundation
- (ISC)2’s Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Cisco CCIE – $93,500 average Salary in 2008
- Cisco Certified Voice Professional – $88,600 average Salary in 2008
Just for comparison purposes, the highest paying Microsoft certification is the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer ($84,522).
An update to the above post is an interesting post I was reading from http://www.itworld.com about the salary range of CCIEs in different world regions. It seems like UK guys get the most money from all !!
Salary Range of CCIEs in different world regions
South America/Mexico from $30k – $70k
Canada from $65k – $110k
United States from $80k – $150k
United Kingdom from $90k to $190k
As Eman (itworld) mentions in his post, your real salary value as a CCIE really depends on your interview skills and your ability to convince your employer that you are worth the money and that you can meet his expectations.