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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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1. Google Cloud Certified Professional Cloud Architect

Average annual salary: $175,761

The Google Cloud Certified Cloud Architect certification is associated with the highest salaries in IT, according to Global Knowledge.

Launched in 2017, the credential is designed for IT professionals with a thorough understanding of cloud architecture and the Google Cloud Platform who can design, develop and manage robust, secure, scalable, highly available and dynamic solutions to drive business objectives.

“IT decision-makers are struggling to find qualified candidates for cloud job openings,” Global Knowledge said. “They’re in such demand, the average cloud computing professional in the U.S. makes over $160,000 a year.”

Candidates must pass the Google Certified Professional - Cloud Architect exam to earn the certification.

The average holder of this certification is 38.9 years of age, has 3.8 certifications in total and most likely is a cloud architect, according to Global Knowledge. The most popular cross-certification for the credential is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate.

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