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GlobalKnowledge as realize a new list of top paying certification (see 15 Top Paying Certifications for 2014). Each year they present this kind of report (see also the 2013 and 2012 note).

As usual, some high level certifications are not represented due to their exclusive nature. These include CCIE: Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert and VCDX: VMware Certified Design Expert, and mainly all the Top IT Certifications.

Also the truth is that several factors, including geography, industry, experience, and yes, certifications, combine to play a major role in determining an individual’s salary.

Mainly the (GlobalKnowledge) top 10 list is really similar of the previous year:

  1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) – $118,253
  2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) – $114,844
  3. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – $112,040
  4. Six Sigma Green Belt – $109,165
  5. Project Management Professional (PMP®) – $108,525 ($111,209 in 2012 and  $105,750 in 2013)
  6. Certified Scrum Master – $107,396
  7. Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) – $104,240
  8. Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix NetScaler – $103,904
  9. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – $103,822
  10. ITIL v3 Foundation – $97,682 ($97,691 in 2012 and $90,900 in 2013)

Mainly this seems the year of the manager relater certifications and only few where present in the 2013 top list). Anyway this year seems that salary has grow compared to the general reduction of previous year.

Again, in this list several certification are missing and maybe salary is not only stricly related to the certification.


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.