Take the 2020 Salary Survey and get a FREE digital subscription

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It's finally time for the 2020 Salary Survey! Tell us about your tech salary!IS IT MONEY, or the milk of human kindness that makes the world go ’round? Trick question: Information technology (IT) makes the world go ’round. And successful IT requires smart people who have a high degree of expertise. IT pros don’t gain all of that breadth and depth of knowledge just by snapping their fingers, of course. Education, experience, and personal aptitude all play a role.

So does certification. As technology evolves, certification helps skilled professionals stay abreast of the changes. And increasingly, as teachers and professors look for the best means of educating high school and college students and preparing them for real world IT jobs, certification lays the foundation for a lifetime of IT learning and growth.

While money may not actually be the medium that transmits new technology into every corner of the globe, money is certainly involved. And certification is one way for you to get more of it. Or maybe it’s not. Are your certifications helping you find success in the job market? One way for all of us to find out is CertMag’s annual Salary Survey.

After you, and (almost) everyone else like you, gives us the answers to a few simple questions, we’ll crunch the numbers and tell you what we find. We are asking for a small chunk of your time: The 2020 Salary Survey has about 60 questions (answering a certain way in a couple of spots may skip you ahead) and probably takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Please be advised that you will only be permitted to take the survey if you have at least one (1) current IT certification. While we appreciate the volunteer spirit of everyone in IT, the purpose of the survey is to gather information about individuals who hold IT certifications.

We know that taking any survey requires patience and time, so we’re giving back to everyone who participates. If you take the survey all the way to the end, we’ll thank you with either (or both!) or two incentives. You can get a free digital subscription to Certification Magazine for one whole year. Or you can subscribe to the ink-and-paper edition at 40 percent off the normal cost. (Hate making decisions? Do both! We don’t mind.)

Not only that, but we added a new incentive to complete the survey last year, and we’re doing it again. If you take the entire survey, all the way to the end, you can enter your name and e-mail address in a random drawing to receive one of 15 $50 Amazon gift cards.

BIG THANKS to everyone who participated in our annual Salary Survey. Watch for the results to appear the forthcoming 2020 Winter Edition of Certification Magazine.

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23 thoughts on “Take the 2020 Salary Survey and get a FREE digital subscription”

  1. question 22 is a rigged question extremely would be an understatement, just as i figured
    the whole salary survey would be. if you dont select the correct bullet it wont let you move on.

  2. Thank you – under the Wacky section it was fine, but when going politics you piss off many people globally. Sex/Race/Religion/Politics/Star Wars vs Star Trek has no place in the workplace!

  3. The test is not adapted for developers from Ukraine or other CIS countries. We have different salaries and other rules.

  4. there’s a fu** error on 22 question radio buttons are one choice not multi choice how I suppose to go forward with the survey if it won’t get me pass through this question? (tested using two browsers)

    • You didn’t read the answer instruction well. Only one answer can be a 4, Only one answer can be a 3, Only one answer can be a 2 and finally, Only one answer can be a 1.

  5. In question 25, my answers don’t stick. Ansering the next part (of the 4), the prior is unselected again. Tried in both Chrome and Firefox, running RHEL 7.7.
    I can’t finish the survey because of this.

  6. I find it amusing that a survey on certifications is hosted on a website with no valid SSL certificate…

  7. IBM certification is one of the worth investment to groom your career. It is pure technical and enhance your visibility for newer technologies. I am one among who got benefited towards my career.

  8. I like very much regarding in our college time appear two certificate classes and certificate also got it as well as maintain the magazine it’s amazing concept. We are know remaining technology

  9. I loved the random questions at the end. I enjoyed that addition very much. And I will be buying some Hershey’s Special Dark if i get $50!
    DFW area people, I’m on LinkedIn and interested in better positions.

  10. After being in this industry for over 20 years working at AT&T and then being laid off due to workforce reductions in September 2018 I decided to take a little time off to obtain some certifications before re-entering the workforce to make myself more marketable. In 5 months I was able to obtain my CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security + and stackable CompTIA Information Operations Specialist and CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Information Specialist Certifications. In addition to those certifications I was also able to successfully obtain my Cisco CCNET and CCNA certifications as well. After obtaining these certifications I felt comfortable applying for positions in the industry. Unfortunately, even with these certifications I have been very disappointed in the process as I have found securing employment in the IT industry to be extremely difficult not to mention the pay scale to be well below my expectations and basically starting over at $18 – $22 per hour jobs.

    • Unfortunately, while networking is quite interesting, it is not and has not been much in the way of pay. All of that has been commoditized now with the advent of cloud networks. Get involved in programming, that is where the action is at the moment, and over the last quite a few years.

    • Certifications are to get you by HR, the manager that does that actually hires you doesn’t care that much. Experience and hard work will be your biggest advantage and PEOPLE SKILLS will lead to your success. I am over 40 and am at $75 an hour contract in the southern USA. Not a brag (8 kids) but to give hope in networking/security.

    • you hit right on the head, a place that was working at ten years ago has a position posted (exact same one) and is paying the exact same 17-20 an hour.

  11. How does one start the survey with javascript disabled? There is not even a button to press, not even one that simply fails.

    I wonder if the test takes into consideration salary in relation to applied security practices?

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