Which mainstay certifications should be in your list of credentials? What's the next up-and-coming certification? This article will help you answer both questions by providing a review of the 15 top-paying certifications. I've provided a brief description of each, as well as the average salary each certification commands based on the 2016 IT Skills and Salary Survey conducted by Global Knowledge in the fall of 2015. Since the survey was distributed nationwide, variations exist based on where you work, your years of experience and the type of company you work for.
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To qualify for this year's list:
A certification had to have at least 100 survey responses to ensure that the data was statically accurate. The affiliated certification exam had to be available as of the writing of this article.
Some certifications may pay more than those listed but were excluded from this article due to a low number of survey responses or lack of future availability.