The 15 Highest-Paying IT Certifications for 2016

Future-proof your career with these high-paying IT certifications.

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Global Knowledge’s annual report on the highest paid IT certifications is out. The list also reveals the average salary for each certification.

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1. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
$125,871
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, is intended for individuals with experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform

2. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
$122,954
The CRISC is designed for IT professionals, project managers whose job it is to identify and manage risks to IT and the business.

3. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
$122,291
The CISM certification is for management more than the IT professional and focuses on security strategy and assessing the systems and policies in place.

4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
$121,923
CISSP certification is based around eight areas in computer security, including security and risk management, communications and network security, software development security, asset security, security engineering, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, and security operations.

5. Project Management Professional (PMP)
$116,094
The PMP certification exam tests five areas relating to the life cycle of a project: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

6. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
$113,320
CISA certification is usually obtained by those whose job responsibilities include auditing, monitoring, controlling, and/or assessing IT and/or business systems.

7. Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Routing and Switching
$112,858
The CCIE is aimed more at networking designers and architects than implementers and troubleshooters.

8. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Data Center
$107,045
The CCNA is aimed at data center technologies, such as networking and storage as well as other network services.

9. Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
$105,008
The CCDP exam includes the technologies associated with switching and routing.

10. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
$103,297
The CEH certification is designed to test a candidate’s abilities to prod for holes, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities in a company’s network defenses.

11. Six Sigma Green Belt
$102,594
The Six Sigma certification is primarily focused on manufacturing and producing better quality products.

12. Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V)
$102,138
The CCP-V covers the basics of managing, maintaining, monitoring, and troubleshooting Citrix virtualization products.

13. Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) Security
$101,414
Achieving CCNP Security certification requires that you have achieved CCNA Security or any CCIE and that you pass four security implementation exams.

14. ITIL v3 Foundation
$99,869
The ITIL certification is a set of best practices for aligning the services IT provides with the needs of the organization.

15. VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
$99,334
VCP-DCV certifies one’s knowledge of and ability to perform basic deployment and administration of vCenter and ESXi.