Salary Survey 2018: An all-new Salary Survey 75

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If it's a new year, then there must be a new Salary Survey 75. Welcome to 2018!It was the ancient Greek playwright Euripides who wrote that, “Among mankind money is far more persuasive than logical argument.” Euripides’ venerable insight is believed to be the root of the far pithier aphorism, “Money talks,” which has been championed by everyone from Angus Young and Neil Diamond to Han Solo (certainly behaviorally, if not in strict point of dialogic fact).

We don’t mean to suggest that talking about money is the only way to capture people’s attention, but it’s certainly one highly effective method of achieving that goal. The annual Salary Survey issue of Certification Magazine is our most talked-about print output, and the Salary Survey 75 list produced for that issue is easily the most heavily trafficked item of content to be posted here each year.

That makes now an ideal time for a good pot-stirring conversation about money, right? Now that the Winter Edition of Certification Magazine is spread across the laps of faithful subscribers (or about to pop through on their personal media device of choice), it’s time to start unpacking the results of the annual Salary Survey itself.

But first, how about a round of applause for the more than 4,100 certified IT professionals who pitched in over the course of roughly nine weeks at the end of 2017 to get us here? Each of those hardy souls contributed some 15 or 20 minutes of their time and 70-ish questions’ worth of their personal data to help us create a picture of the IT salary landscape in the United States and elsewhere (91 other nations) around the globe.

Some of the more notable data points have already been reported in the aforementioned Winter Edition. (If you aren’t already a print or digital subscriber, then you can go here to subscribe, or just grab a digital copy, or an ink-and-paper single.) We’ll be bringing you all of that and more as 2018 marches forward: Over the next few months, articles with new survey data will be featured each week here at

Our first dramatic reveal, however, is the Big Cheese of the Salary Survey, a survey output that first appeared in 2015 and has quickly become one of our most popular annual disclosures: the Salary Survey 75. People are competitive by nature, and this is a relatively harmless way to compare yourself to the Other Guy and see whose certification is at least potentially more valuable.

(No, we aren’t implying that everyone who has Certification A can expect to make Salary B from Employer C straight out of the testing center. There are many factors that determine salary, and the presence or absence of a particular credential on your résumé is only one of them. It sure is a fun one to talk about, though, right?)

We hope you enjoy looking the numbers over, and we hope that you’ll come back for more. This here is merely the tip of the iceberg. Stick around and you’ll find out a whole lot more in the coming weeks and months. For now, feast your eyes on this:

Salary Survey 75 2018

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11 thoughts on “Salary Survey 2018: An all-new Salary Survey 75”

  1. Can someone please direct me to the 90k+ job listings for a+ certified techs?
    rofl at the lack of research done.

    • An important key word to remember is “Average”. You have to remember that some jobs only requeire certain certs. For example I have a friend that only needed A+ for his position, and he had more than 30 years of experince making over 100K.
      So when you account the average it might be 90K with no issue. You have to take in cosideration your years of experiance and location too. Very possibly that in NY and A+ certified proffessional with the right amount of experience starting salary will be 100K.

  2. Interesting viewpoint, Leighton. There may be a twist or corollary to this. On the one hand an objective survey such as this points out that the average respondent – who at some point passed the CompTIA A+ exam – makes $90k. The data might beg deeper analysis with a “Where are they now?” narrative. They may have been making much less at the time they achieved the credential. And the A+ might have been a launching pad of sorts.

  3. I’d give more credibility to this list if CompTIA A+ wasn’t associated with a 90k+ salary. That’s an entry level desktop support certificate.. Many ppl. in the IT industry have it as an add-on, or just kept it from their early days in tech. You need a salary survey that isolates the data. What if someone only had that one cert? What would be the market rate?

  4. Dear Sir or Madam,
    First off, thank you for your support of certifications and Check Point Software.
    I am curious about the results of other Check Point certifications.
    While I am pleased with the position change for the Check Point Certified Security Administrator from the previous results (from #11 to #4), I am disappointed with the drop from the list of the Check Point Certified Security Expert.
    Can you tell me if it’s rank was in the top 100 and if there is a possible reason for it’s decline?
    Thanks for your attention.

  5. Why on earth would you make this an image. Was the intent to make not searchable? It was, wasn’t it.

  6. I would love to see Salesforce Certification be a part of the next survey! Could you contact me to discuss how to get these Certifications added? Thank you!

  7. Certifications are the way to go for a serious pay increase better than returning for a Master´s, JD, MBA or Phd best of all you will not take on any major student loan debt. I did notice there was no mention of any Apple or Adobe certifications yet I believe those certifications will yield the same financial rewards as the ones mentioned on the list.

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