Vol 70 Issue 1 2003-12-01 Article 11672 from section "Features"

Swiss IT Professionals Top Earnings; U.S. Comes in at Number Two

In the publication's latest salary survey of certified IT experts,
Certification Magazine once again discovered that earning and
maintaining professional certifications has a positive impact on salary
levels. The average respondent reported 3.2 professional certifications,
adding one new credential on average in the past year. This group
reported earnings of $62,540 in 2003, up from the 2002 average of

Forty-two percent of respondents received a raise within a year of
receiving their primary certification, and 62 percent of those again
gave certification strong credit for the salary increase. The levels of
raises achieved varied, with 31 percent bringing in five percent or less
of an increase, 27 percent getting a 10 percent raise, 12 percent
gaining 15 percent in salary and 10 percent seeing increases of 20

Professionals in the 45-to-54 age bracket had the highest salaries by
age group, earning an average of $57,480 annually. Seventy-seven percent
of respondents were between the ages of 24 and 44. Certified women in IT
earned 3.25 percent less than their male counterparts.

Certified IT professionals in 136 countries around the world provided
salary data. Professionals in Switzerland reported the greatest average
salary of $67,470 (USD). The United States followed with average
professionals, certified and uncertified, earning $59,090.

Each certification program studied provided a noteworthy salary to IT
experts. Not surprisingly, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
(CCIE) led the pack, with an average salary of $96,870 annually.

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