Kirstie Mcdermott | 07 Mar, 2023

5 Highest Paying Certifications in IT in 2024

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Here’s something you might need to know: while it is still a job seekers market (for now), conditions have changed over the past few months and things aren’t quite as favorable as they were previously. 

Earlier in the year, Pew Research Center released data which found that a typical worker who changed jobs between April 2021 and March 2022 received a pay boost of 9.7% from a year earlier, after accounting for inflation. That was in no small part a factor in what we’ve come to call The Great Resignation, as U.S. workers left jobs en masse for roles that better suited them.

U.S. job openings fell by the most in nearly two and a half years in August, according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS report. This suggests that the labor market is starting to cool, and indicates additional pressure on any job openings that do crop up in areas you are potentially interested in.

So what else can you do to remain competitive within your field and ensure you attract the best market rate possible? Skilsoft’s 2022 IT Skills and Salary Report just might help, as it breaks down the top 15 certifications and courses you can do to attract interview attention, as well as top dollar. We’re highlighting five of them below.

  1. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional

Typically earning around $168,080, you’ll need to pass the current AWS exam (SAP-C01) which will require you to do considerable amounts of study and have two or more years of hands-on experience and familiarity with a scripting language, Windows, Linux, and many AWS services. Check out this AWS Senior Solutions Architect job at Amazon Web Services, Inc. in Atlanta for a role in this area.

  1. CISM - Certified Information Security Manager

The ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification is what you need to aim for here. Getting this certification can help to boost your salary to around $162,347.

If you have this qualification, you can apply for this Senior Manager, Information Security job at 

PayPal in Scottsdale.

  1. Google Cloud - Professional Cloud Architect

Google’s Professional Cloud Architect certification exam assesses your ability to design and plan cloud solution architecture, manage and provision the cloud solution infrastructure and design for security and compliance, among other metrics. Achieving it is difficult – you will need to have at least three years of experience before sitting the exam, but it is worth it as it can boost your earning power up to around $161,371. If you’re already at that level, you can check out this Cloud Architect job at Mastercard in Los Gatos.

  1. CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional

This is a tough certification to achieve, with the exam based around eight domains in information security, and it has been compared to achieving a Master's degree in IT security. Once you’ve successfully completed it, you'll be able to design, implement, and manage a cybersecurity program – and earn around $158,190. Ready to job hunt now? This Principal Cloud Security Architect role at Comerica Bank in Dallas may appeal.


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  1. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

If you want to get to the level of AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional, then you must take the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C03) exam first, which typically requires around a year’s worth of hands-on experience. Once you do that, you can look at earning around $155,019.

If you’re looking elsewhere in the tech industry for a new job, we’re highlighting three below, and there are thousands more open roles on the Job Board too.

Engineering Manager, Duolingo, New York

As an Engineering Manager at Duolingo, you will lead mission-critical projects from end to end, contribute to product strategy and lead a team of world-class engineers. You will own the overall planning, execution and success of projects, lead the development of new features and/or microservices in an innovative and fast-paced environment and collaborate with product teams across the company. You'll need experience in guiding a software engineering team and setting technical direction plus experience in leading cross-functional software engineering projects. A B.A./B.S. in computer science or a related field is required as is the ability to travel to PIttsburgh, PA at least once per quarter. Get full details here.

Linux Kernel Engineer, Roblox, San Mateo

The Linux Kernel Engineer will be a part of the Roblox Linux team, and you will manage kernel release engineering, and maintain patches that contribute to Roblox’s business objectives. You will be responsible for working closely with hardware design teams and you'll also support engineers working on performance tuning the company’s stack by making necessary kernel changes. To apply, you will need a BS degree (or equivalent professional experience) in computer science or a related engineering field, with at least five years of hands-on experience. Get more information here.

Backend Software Engineer, PayPal, San Jose

This Backend Software Engineer position will be supporting the real-time payments team, which is the backbone of PayPal’s payments infrastructure and is essential to the core business. You will have proficiency in Java, Spring Boot, databases (SQL, MySQL), and experience in building large-scale distributed systems. Additionally, you’ll have seven to ten years of experience in application development and an understanding of concepts like Web Services, SOA, REST APIs, as well as web technologies (such as HTTP, HTML/DOM, JavaScript, CSS, AJAX) is also required. Get the full job description now.


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By Kirstie Mcdermott

Kirstie works for our job board partner, Jobbio. Based in Dublin, she has been a writer and editor across print and digital platforms for over 15 years.

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