By Ryan Day
There’s a reason why one out of four certified IT professionals in North America hold at least one CompTIA certification.
IT professionals who hold at least one certification have higher salaries, are more productive and generally are more satisfied in their job than their non-certified peers.
CompTIA certifications hold a strong position in the market—especially for tech professionals trying to develop foundational skills and break into the industry. The knowledge gained in preparing for many of CompTIA’s vendor-neutral certifications prove to be the building blocks for many IT careers.
Top-paying and established certifications
Three CompTIA certifications are in the list of the 20 highest-paying certifications in the annual IT Skills and Salary Report.
Project+ ranks ninth worldwide with an average salary of $79,577. The North American average is $87,416. Project management certifications in general have high average salaries, especially in North America ($97,745).
Security+ ranks 10th worldwide with an average salary of $79,116. The North American average is $84,011. It is often the first security certification an IT professional will earn.
Network+ ranks 18th worldwide with an average salary of $67,916. The North American average is $73,785. This foundational certification jumped up a few spots after coming in at No. 20 in 2017.
While it didn’t rank in the top 20 in terms of pay, CompTIA A+ is still a widely popular credential. Over 1,000 survey respondents hold the A+ certification, which accounts for 8% of all certified IT professionals. These numbers prove that more and more professionals are turning to A+ to start a career in IT.
A+, Security+ and Network+ are by far the most popular CompTIA certifications amongst our survey respondents. In terms of IT professionals who hold at least one CompTIA certification, 59.2% are certified in A+, 51% in Security+ and 46.4% in Network+.
Cloud+: The new certification on the block
Keep your eye on CompTIA’s latest certification. CompTIA Cloud+ is a new and emerging certification that focuses on the technologies that support cloud infrastructure. This vendor-neutral credential covers competency in cloud models, virtualization, infrastructure, security, resource management and business continuity.
CompTIA’s leap into cloud computing is coming at the right time—our report found that cloud experts are in serious demand, the jobs pay extraordinarily well and is the No. 1 tech interest area worldwide.
Unlike many of CompTIA’s certification exams, Cloud+ is not introductory. CompTIA recommends that you have two or three years of experience in system administration before taking the exam.
For a deep dive into this new certification, check out A Complete Guide: How to Become Certified in CompTIA Cloud+ CVO-002.
By the numbers: CompTIA-certified professionals
The data provided from survey respondents in our IT Skills and Salary Report provide us with a sharper picture of CompTIA-certified professionals and the roles they serve. Since their certifications are vendor-neutral, CompTIA-certified individuals work in a wide-range of professions.
Top-five functional areas for CompTIA-certified professionals:
- Help desk/support/service management – 29.8%
- Human resources – 29.3%
- Systems/enterprise architecture – 17.4%
- Security – 16.2%
- Telecommunications – 10.2%
Top-five industries for CompTIA-certified professionals:
- Government: Military and homeland security – 46.7%
- Aerospace/defense – 32.7%
- Education services – 29.2%
- Nonprofit – 22.9%
- Construction, architecture, engineering – 21.1%
CompTIA-certified professionals by job role:
- Entry-level (e.g. analyst) – 16.5%
- Mid-level (e.g. manager) – 13.9%
- Senior-level (e.g. senior engineer) – 12.5%
- Executive (e.g. president) – 11.6%
- CompTIA Training Courses
- CompTIA A+ Certification Prep
- Security+ Certification Prep Course
- CompTIA Network+ Certification Prep (N10-007)
- CompTIA Cloud+ CVO-002