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The 15 Top-Paying IT Certifications for 2020: Global Knowledge

The overall average IT salary is $136,185 for certifications included in the survey, with the highest salary eclipsing $175,000. The top three cloud providers -- Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud --account for five of the top-paying credentials.

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4. ISACA Certified In Risk And Information Systems Control (CRISC)

Average annual salary: $146,480

ISACA’s Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification recognizes IT professionals who can identify and evaluate aspects of IT that are a threat to business objectives.

“Standard IT professionals often lack the skills to conduct a valid risk analysis,” Global Knowledge said. “Having a CRISC-certified individual on staff is vital to ensure risk is properly scrutinized and business objectives are met.”

The most common job roles for a CRISC-certified professionals are security manager and director, but a large percentage also work in information security as a security engineer or analyst, or security architect.

The CRISC exam covers IT risk identification, IT risk assessment, risk response and mitigation, and risk control, monitoring and reporting.

The average holder of this certification is 49.3 years of age and has 4 certifications, according to Global Knowledge. The most popular cross-certification for the credential is ITIL Foundation.

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