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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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14. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching

Average annual salary: $119,178

The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching credential is a professional-level Cisco Systems certification recognizes that holders can plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide area enterprise networks. It’s designed for network engineers and administrators who collaborate with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions.

Cisco is launching a new certification framework on Feb. 23, and CCNP Enterprise will replace this certification, which no longer will be offered.

“Those already holding Cisco certifications have an easy-to-follow migration plan to ensure they receive credit for work completed and credentials earned,” Global Knowledge said.

Candidates for all new CCNP certifications must pass two exams: a core exam and one concentration exam within the technology area.

The average holder of this certification is 42.3 years of age, has 5.4 certifications in total and most likely is a network engineer/analyst, according to Global Knowledge. The most popular cross-certification for the credential is

CompTIA A+.

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