10 Key Tech Skills and Certifications That Boost Salaries

The certifications and other credentials after tech professionals’ names often resemble alphabet soup, making it difficult to determine which skills matter most. To an employer, certifications and skills mean having a worker who can meet challenges head-on. For employees, those letters can mean big increases in salary. A survey from Global Knowledge found that 83 percent of IT professionals in the U.S. and Canada hold an IT certification — and in the U.S. the average salary for a certified IT professional is on average $8,400 (or 11.7 percent) higher. The following tech skills and certifications can give you a robust resume and a bigger paycheck:

Top-Paying Tech Certifications

  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM): $128,156
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate: $125,091
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA): $115,471
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC): $111,470
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): $109,650

Top-Paying Tech Skills

  • Software Engineers Using Java: $168,000
  • HBase: $123,934
  • Cassandra: $123,459
  • Apache Kafka: $122,728
  • Structural Query Language (SQL): $110,000



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