Salary Averages for Top Tech Jobs

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Looking to make six figures? A PMP -- Professional Project Manager certification -- just may get you where you want to go, according to a recent survey by Dice Learning. Dice ranked the top 10 certifications to boost your salary, and also provided Channel Insider with some average salaries that certain tech professionals can expect to make. Where do you fit?

Do tech professionals who earn project management certifications really earn more money? That’s what Dice Learning found in a recent survey of 17,000 tech professionals. Dice ranked the 10 Top Tech Certifications to Boost Your Salary from data from the survey.

Dice executives told Channel Insider that it was impossible to tell how much a particular certification would mean in terms of salary, but the organization did provide some national averages of salaries tied to particular jobs that are connected to certain certifications.

For example, project managers on average made $103,437, and these jobs are often tied to the PMP certification on Dice Learning’s list.

Here are some others:

  • Technical support: $51,193 (A+ certification)
  • Network engineer: $60,791 (Network+ or CCNA certification)
  • Security analyst: $73,659, or Security engineer: $123,443 (CISSP and Security+ certifications)
  • Systems administrator: $71,576 (MCSA certification)
  • ITIL expert: $97,332 (ITIL certification)

"Not all certifications are created equal in terms of paycheck impact," said Evan Lesser, director of Dice Learning, in a statement. "While nearly half of all technology professionals have at least one certification, a minority attributed pay increases to certification. When you combine in demand skill-sets and proven salary impact, specific certifications become valuable to individual technology professionals."


Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com