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2017 IT Skills and Salary Report

Your comprehensive and global guide to what’s happening in the IT field.

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About the report

The Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report continues to provide the most informative and revealing insights of the inner workings of IT departments in the U.S. and Canada. This year, we’ve expanded our scope to include data from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region thanks to the global participation of over 14,300 IT professionals.

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Report highlights
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Salaries for U.S. and Canada IT professionals are up 5.7 percent.

$87,580 average security salary illustration

Security jobs command the highest average global salary at $87,580.

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Globally, IT professionals hold an average of three certifications.


The value of certifications and training

Certifications and training are often associated with salary increases as well as contributing to a company’s success. Both are opportunities for IT professionals to demonstrate a commitment to growth and for businesses to ensure their employees remain competitive. Whether it’s for the sake of obtaining a certification or for personal fulfillment, training is a validation of skills and knowledge. What’s more, it’s a matter of professional pride.

Two young professionals interested in certifications

15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2017

What certifications should you consider if you’re hoping to improve your salary? What are the up-and-coming certifications this year? We use data obtained from the 2017 IT Skills and Salary Report to answer both of these questions.

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Success in the Digital Age: The Value of Investing in People

To remain competitive in today’s market, businesses must cultivate knowledgeable employees and intellectual property to develop The Next Big Thing. We’ll tell you why and how to do just that.

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AWS-related salaries are increasing with the help of certifications

What It Takes To Earn a Top-Paying AWS Certification

With associate and professional paths, Amazon Web Services certifications are in high demand globally and translate into some of the top salaries for IT professionals. Learn more about each AWS certification.

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Selecting the right IT certification

How to Select the Right Certification for You

So you’ve decided to get certified. Great! Now what? We lay out the proper steps to take and the appropriate questions to ask when selecting your next—or first—certification.

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IT professional is reading and studying the latest IT Skills and Salary report results and findings

Top 5 Things You Need to Know from the 2017 IT Skills and Salary Report

What region has the top salaries? What keeps your manager up at night? Get the answers to these questions and more as we explore the most revealing and surprising findings from our 10th annual survey.

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Adding a certification to your existing list of credentials can bump up your salary

Technical Certification + ITIL® Foundation = Higher Salary in 2017

Looking to bump up your salary? Check out how average salaries grow when professionals pair an ITIL certification with an existing credential.

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IT Pros and Decision-Makers Don’t Hold Back in Latest Salary Report

Respondents to our 2017 IT Skills and Salary Report have strong opinions when it comes to job security, job satisfaction and management. We analyze several pointed and thought-provoking comments from IT professionals.

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To Certify or Not to Certify? That’s the $100,000 Question

An IT certification doesn’t guarantee you a $100,000 job like it used to. But that doesn’t mean certifications are a thing of the past. Review the certification landscape in this hour-long webinar.

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