The scary part of averages is that for all who are making good money as a CCIE, there are apparantly just as many people making not-so-good money in order to average out like that.
On the other hand, your article and the distribution of CCIE's goes worldwide. So a US-based salary idea really isn't much bearing for those who live in different countries.
I'm not sure the worldwide distribution of PMP's compared to CCIE's, but it would be interesting to see that salary "weighting" be carried in the next salary survey.
Just my two cents. The sky isn't falling.
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