There are few things that can attract the attention of an IT pro. Among them are working on something great, improving their skills and good pay. And pretty much that’s the order most IT pros put as top priorities for their careers.
And in ideal world, they can get all three at once. Sadly, that’s not always possible, since often the best paying jobs aren’t that exciting. But, since the demand for top skills is always there and these top skills often change, there’s always options.
The IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index (ITSCPI) for the U.S. and Canada is tracking these changes and it has been doing so since 1999. The most recent edition includes data up to April 1st 2017. It reveals the highest paying tech certifications which earn the biggest extra pay to their holders. On average, the market values for a total of 422 certifications earn their holders an extra 7.6% of their base salary. The median range is between 2% and 17%.
Out of that, the ITSCPI has chosen the absolute top paying tech certifications. Their premiums are from 13% to 17% of the base salary. Typically they are paid as a cash bonus.
Here are the top highest paying tech certifications for 2017 in the US and Canada
In descending order for each position. The ties are arranged alphabetically within each rank.
- (Tie)Certified Cyber Forensics Professional
InfoSys Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP/CISSP
Open Group Master Architect
- (Tie) CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)
Six Sigma Master Black Belt
TOGAF 9 Certified
- (Tie) Check Point Certified Security Master (CCMA)
EC-Council Certified Incident Handler
GIAC Secure Software Programmer—Java
GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT)
Open Group Master Certified IT Specialist
PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)
PMI Program Management Professional (PgMP)
- (Tie) Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
Cisco Certified Architect
EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)
GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN)
GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)
InfoSys Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP/CISSP)
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
PMI Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)
PMI Project Management Professional(PMP)
PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
Salesforce.com Certified Technical Architect
- (Tie) Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Scrum Master
GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks
GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
GIAC Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst (GPPA)
GIAC Enterprise Defender (GCED)
Open Group Certified Architect
Open Group Certified IT Specialist (Open CITS)