Best Paying IT Certifications 2021

Are you unemployed? You might be eligible for a grant that will pay for you to get certified–at no cost to you!

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Below are the top-paying certifications for 2021. Are these the right ones for you? Not necessarily. Depending on your specific career choice and current role, you may need a more specified list of the best certifications for management, cybersecurity, cloud technology, etc. I will be adding those lists as well, but the list below is a good starting point. Follow the money and see which ones pay well. Use the menu to the left to learn more about your specific career area.

Top Paying IT Certifications 2021
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Please keep in mind these are average salaries, not entry level. How much you earn will also vary based on your experience, overall skills, and locations (some markets pay more than others because of cost of living and cost of labor differences).

  1. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) – $146,730
  2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – $143,501
  3. IT Service Management (ITSM) – $130,215
  4. AWS Certified Developer – $127,358
  5. Certified ScrumMaster – $126,333
  6. Project Management Professional (PMP) – $126,281
  7. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – $125,214
  8. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – $123,524
  9. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) – $121,082
  10. Agile and Scrum – $120,917
  11. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) – $115,528
  12. Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) – $115,464
  13. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – $101,254
  14. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – $99,550 
  15. CompTIA Security+ – $93,987
  16. CompTIA Network+ – $82,656
  17. CompTIA A+ – $78,629

Are you unemployed? You might qualify for a grant that will pay for them, or a now risk option:

See if you Qualify for a WIOA Grant

Are you unemployed? There is a little known federal grant program that can pay for you to get trained, certified and placed in your career at no cost to you. Availability and amounts are based on where you live. If you qualify, this program can pay up to $10,000 to get trained, certified, and then get help getting placed in their career. The amount and availability vary by county

This can be used to get certified in fields such as Cyber-Security, Information Technology, Project Management, Business Analysis, and more. Some of the most highly sought-after certifications include CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Project Management Professional (PMP), Scrum Master, and others.

No Risk Income Share Agreements

 

If you don’t qualify for a grant, see if you qualify for an Income Share Agreement. This is a no risk option–you pay nothing until you get placed and there is no interest. 

Income Share Agreements