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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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2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Average annual salary: $149,446

The AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification moved up two spots from Global Knowledge’s 2019 list to be among the top two most popular and lucrative cloud IT certifications.

The designation is geared toward those who design cloud infrastructures, reference architectures or deploy systems and applications on AWS. It’s a prerequisite for the AWS Solutions Architect – Professional certification, which is projected to be this year’s most pursued cloud credential, according to respondents to Global Knowledge’s survey.

Three out of every four cloud architects have earned this certification or the No. 1 certification that follows, and 28 percent have both, according to Global Knowledge.

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification is a prerequisite, and AWS also recommends one year of hands-on experience designing systems on AWS before taking the exam.

The average holder of this certification is 41.4 years of age, has 5.8 certifications in total and most likely is a cloud architect, according to Global Knowledge. The most popular cross-certification for the credential is Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect.

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