IBM is big on certifications. In fact, to get above a certain pay grade, you have to be Open Group Certified. I'm on the path to get my Open Group Master Certified IT Architect and ITIL v3 Foundations Certification.
Certifications That PayAccording to Foote Partners, "Of the list of eighteen certifications displaying the most growth in pay over the past twelve months, nine (or 50 percent) are IT security certifications". At the top of the list, with a 34.5% rise in pay over the last twelve months is the GIAC Security Expert (GSE). Other notables are the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Cisco security certifications (CCSP, CISSP, & CCNP), Planet3 certifications (CWNA, CWAP, & CWSP), and the Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI).
The only other area of pay growth was in Architecture and Project Management certifications. The two standout certifications in this group are The Open Group's IT Certified Architect at the master level and the popular Project Management Professional (PMP).
Highest Paying Certifications - List of the Highest Paying CertificationsAccording to recent salary surveys by ZDNET's Tech Republic organization, the following are the highest paying certifications to have in the technology industry.
Following each certification is the average annual salary being paid to individual responders that hold the certification. I have also listed training resources to learn more information about how to acquire each of the highest paying certifications.
1. PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)With an average annual salary of $101,695, the PMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) organization tops the list of highest paying certifications for the current year.
2. PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)Next highest on the list of highest paying certifications is PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). The average annual salary for CAPM holders that were surveyed is $101,103.
3. ITIL v2 - FoundationsWith an annual average salary of $95,415 the ITIL v2 Foundations certification came up third on the list of highest paying certifications. ITIL stands for the IT Infrastructure Library. The ITIL certification is designed to show expertise in ITIL service support and service delivery.
4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)Coming in at a close 4th on the list of highest paying certifications is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional or CISSP certification from (ISC)2. The average annual reported salary was $94,018.