Highest Paid IT Certifications

The reports are in! Salary and certification results from the 2016 Salary Report have been released. If you've been going back and forth about getting that certification, it's looking like you should pull the trigger. The investment in personal development via training is paying off some immense dividends. Take a peek at the top 10 certifications and what salary you can expect to pull in.

1. CRISC: Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control - $119,227


CRISC is the only certification that prepares and enables IT professionals for the unique challenges of IT and enterprise risk management, and positions them to become strategic partners to the enterprise. This certification has a rigorous testing schedule but those that succeed have little problem finding a position they love.


2. CISM: Certified Information Security Manager - $118,348
Information security management is the name of this game. Employers are searching for an improved alignment between the organization's information security program and its long term goals.


3. CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional - $110,603



With your CISSP certification, you'll be heavily prepped with System Security Architecture, Cryptography, Disaster Recovery, and more. Thousands of corporations are looking fill newly formed Information Security Officer positions to be proactive against attacks.

4. PMP: Project Management Professional - $109,405


PMP is starting to become that "secret sauce" on many resumes. Another report states that having a PMP certification on top of another certification such as a CCNA or Microsoft cert can earn an extra $20k per year. Even on it's own, training for a PMP certification puts you well over the $100k mark.

5. CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor - $106,181


Being CISA certified puts you on an international level to assess vulnerabilities, report on compliance and institute controls within a business. Systems Development Life, Data Integrity Review, and Acquisitions are just some of the topics you'll cover in the coursework.

6. CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate - $99,701


A CCDA certified network professional has the skills to design basic campus, data center, security, wireless, and voice networks. With a $99k salary, the network engineer can achieve a great living while still aspiring for more opportunity for growth.

7. CCNP Routing and Switching - $97,038


CCNP Routing and Switching certification validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions.

8. MCSE: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 2003 - $96,726


The MCSE certification improves your marketability with current and future employers, especially with companies that have not upgraded to Windows Server 2008. Many businesses are in the situation and are desperate for a qualified tech to maintain their outdated solution.

9. ITIL v3 Foundation - $95,434


Covering five core disciplines: Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operation, and Continual Service Improvement, ITIL gets you ready for working on intense infrastructure frameworks. The long-standing set of standards is widely recognized and companies ask for the certification by name

10. CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker - $95,155


A lab intensive course schedule puts CEH first in our top ten list. The certification path immerses students into an interactive environment where they are shown how to scan, test, hack and secure their own systems. Other topics such as Intrusion Detection, Policy Creation, Social Engineering, DDoS Attacks, and Buffer Overflows are also covered.

BONUS! AWS Certified Developer - $137,825


One of Amazon's newer certifications, AWS Certified Developer validates expertise with Amazon Simple Storage Service, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Simple Queue Service, Amazon Simple Notification Service, Amazon Simple Workflow Service, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, and AWS CloudFormation. This certification, along with the next few planned for 2016, are topping the charts for salaries, but don't have the volume to truly make this list.

What does all of this mean for you? Well, training is a valuable investment for your career. With these certifications, especially with more than one, your earning potential will continue to grow into the future.