4. Project Management Professional
The Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate, the survey said, brings in an average salary of $109,405, up from $108,525 last year.
The PMP certification exam tests five areas relating to the life cycle of a project: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. It is intended for running any type of project and is not specialized by industry.
To become certified, 35 hours of PMP-related training is required, along with 7,500 hours of project management experience without a bachelor's degree or 4,500 hours of project management experience with a bachelor's degree or higher.
It is the most recognized project management certification available, with more than 630,000 PMPs around the globe.