Friday, August 25, 2017

Want a 15% pay rise ? Get an IT certification.

This 2017 global salary report proves that IT certification does pay.  According to their survey, in Asia Pacific certified IT workers earn 15% more than uncertified, followed by 13% in EMEA, 11% in North America, and 10% in Latin America.  Below are the relevant quotes from the report if you don't have time to read it all.

"In the U.S. and Canada, the difference between salaries of certified and non-certified IT staff is nearly $8,400, or 11.7 percent. The difference for IT decision-makers is $9,201, or 8.9 percent. Although the base salaries are lower in other global regions, the trend is the same. "

"A Latin American IT staff-member possessing a valid certification earns on average $24,751, or 10.3 percent, more than his or her non- certified counterpart who earns $22,430."

"In EMEA, certified IT decision-makers earn an average of 13 percent more than their non-certified counterparts ($63,557 versus $56,262)."

"The combined average salary for certified IT professionals in Asia-Pacific is 15.3 percent higher than for non-certified ($44,118 versus $38,254)."

So if you were thinking about getting an IT certification, but were not sure if it was worth the time and money, now you can weigh the cost against the average benefits.  If a few weeks of study and a few hundred dollars to sit an exam can get you an extra $5-6000 per year, for the rest of your life, then that is a pretty good deal.

What certification will get me the highest pay ?

The report also details the highest paying certifications across the geographic regions.  If you want to maximise your pay, go for the CRISC, CISM, CISSP, CISA, AWS-SCA, or PMP certifications.  The old favourites of Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix, and CompTIA will also maximise your pay rise, as long as you focus on the more senior cloud, security, architecture, or project management specialities.

Top paying certifications
Top Paying IT Certifications

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