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Infographic: Cisco Certified careers

Here's an infographic that will answer some of your questions about Cisco Certified careers.

People have a lot of questions when it comes to Cisco Certification careers. What are the average salaries of CCIEs? What is the long-term Cisco certification employment outlook? Where are most CCIE jobs located? How long does it usually take to get a Cisco certification? In response to these questions, INE, a longtime provider of Cisco certification training, created this helpful Cisco Careers infographic to sum up the answers:

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

17 comments
stoent
stoent

I remember seeing salaries in Certification Magazine of A+ with no experience being some insane $50,000 start. I don't put any stock into those. The top of the line certs are believable, but the entries are bogus.

rbrians
rbrians

Unfortunately there are no other surveys this specific (to Cisco certifications) and so, good or bad, these are the only income stats available. If anything is skewed in terms of income levels it was done so by the hundreds of certified professionals completing a global survey (maybe only those with higher paying jobs chose to complete it?). The long-term growth % is what the U.S. government is currently projecting (and that number came out within the last few months)...

jjlandis
jjlandis

salaries should be cut in half on this graphic!!! lies and more lies!!!

shaazaminator
shaazaminator

While I agree the pay scale for a CCNA is a bit steep, what I find more out of wack is the average time to acquire certification. Having been a SysAdmin for over ten years, it still took me four months of study and lab work to obtain my CCNA. This is between balancing work, family, and life. Granted, if you had none of these than maybe the timeline is realistic, but doubtful for the average Joe. Also it is very doubtful if a person with no experience and just a CCNP cert in their hand will be hired at 90k /yr. and turned loose in someones Net Ops center. Not going to happen. My experience says these certs are obtained through growth and responsibly in their IT career, not the starting point of one. Could be I'm old school though.

wbomgardner
wbomgardner

Several of you have asked where these numbers are coming from. The sources are listed at the bottom of the graphic. It would have been nice if the author would have provided the actual links instead of just an image. Here they are. http://bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm http://www.globalknowledge.com/training/generic.asp?pageid=2913 http://bradreese.com/worldwide-ccie-count.htm I do agree that even after reviewing the individual data on each of these sites, I'm convinced that there needs to be a dose of reality mixed in. The highest wage geographic areas are also the highes cost of living geographic areas. If you want to live on the eastern seaboard and pay upwards of $400,000.00 for a decent home, you can expect to make $100,000.00 + with experience and certs. However, if you want to live in a less populace region and think that a nice house shouldn't cost a half million, you can't expect to make $70,000.00 entry level with just a cert.

vgh
vgh

It's all in Apps now. Forget studying for the CCNA and learn how to code. And fast before the next bubble pops.

Questor1
Questor1

It seems that the CCNA and CCNP data is skewed... It is rare to see Cisco support salaries in the range claimed by the article, so I wonder if the article itself is a form of disguised advertising for Cisco. IT Industry salary comparisons are often confusing... Where was the salary comparison data obtained, how was salary compensation compared between companies, and who provided the standard salary data for comparison? Perhaps the term "salary" needs to clarified by the article author... "Salary" implies a set and regular wage (not hourly) for a permanent full-time employee of a specific company. Does the author's definition of "salary" include any worker compensation like employee wage rates, contractor wage rates, health care costs or contributions, or any other tangible benefit such as salary bonus, retirement contribution or education/training funds?

awoo121694
awoo121694

This person must be dreaming or something. In today's economy starting salaries for way lower!! Good paying IT jobs now days are far few in between. It's all been out sourced!!!

cbglenn
cbglenn

The problem with these reports is you wonder how much of it is a marketing technique for the Company in question. So, maybe Cisco has no influence here to get people to buy-in. But it does cause confusion when one gets a cert after months of sacrifice and maybe agony to accomplish only to find that in their area, they cannot find anything better than $20 per hour to start. Even with some other experience that is a high number in many areas. The problem is that salaries from LA and NY Dallas, TX are mixed in with salaries from lower COL areas and therefore, lower salary areas like Boise, ID or Redmond, WA or someone in Ames, IA. With higher numbers in those more expensive/higher paying states and far fewer people in the lesser paying states, the numbers are skewed. I appreciate the more regionally based studies that give average and median numbers. At any rate, for a starting salary, I would shoot for 10% - 15% below such numbers as a rule of thumb.

SunnyDaiwa
SunnyDaiwa

I got my CCNA 2 years ago. And, I never able get a CCNA related job from Canada. Now, the certificate expired.

jonasdurst
jonasdurst

Obviously something Cisco created to pull people towards their certifications - MONEY!!!. I have more of a sys admin job but did get my CCENT a while back to be more well rounded... I 've never seen CCENT as a job requirement. CCNA - contract to possible hire, contract, contract, travel across the us for contract, occasional hire but never at 70K+ starting. Whoever created this has worked for Cisco for a long time and has no clue what the real IT market it like. I wish this Infograph was right but it's not..... also, if you have achieved the CCIE certification in 6 months I would proclaim you a genius.

techlife
techlife

I agree with jonrosen. I have never seen a single CCNA job in that salary range. Maybe if you have experience, MCITP, and CCNA but not just CCNA alone. I am mostly being specific to the Florida job market. I highly doubt that is AVERAGE! If it is give us a few examples of employment opportunities at that salary. I do think that the CCIE range is spot on though.

jonrosen
jonrosen

Where are they getting these salaries, especially for the CCNA/P range? I've never seen a CCNA position starting anywhere near the $70k range. If these are actual salaries, who's paying them so I know where to put in my resume

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Entry-level at $20/hour is not too shabby when experienced PC support techs are being hired at $15/hour. And I wouldn't necessarily classify Redmond, a Seattle suburb, as a low COL area...

techynow
techynow

I dont see the numbers being high because salary depends on where you are located obviously if you are in USA you will make more money being CCNA. I see California paying highest to experienced worker $78,336 followed by Virginia $72,931. http://www.itcareerspay.com/ccna-salary-find-out-how-much-ccna-certified-make/ If you are just starting out then ya its not going to be $70k+ it will be more likely be close to $50k.

King of Spades
King of Spades

I know a lot of managers, who get their CCNA. IT's not necessary to do their job, but they feel they must have a baseline understanding. Not doing an associate level job, but still having the cert.

jonrosen
jonrosen

That the scale above could have any bearing on reality. And even then it's pushing it. I can't tell you how many managers I've seen who don't have it and don't have a clue. I have my CCNP (yet only about 1 yr hands-on experience), and the current job in Dallas, TX area (to debunk that the salaries there are so much higher), and my salary is still beneath the 'minimum' of $70k which is listed above. Now, admittedly, I took it as much to get the extra experience as well as learn the other techs available here, but it still points out the fallacy of the chart above.