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CompTIA Certifications Fare Well in New IT Skills and Salary Report

Jul 05, 2016

Downers Grove, Ill. – Skills certifications from CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry, are the most popular credentials among information technology (IT) professionals, according to a recent survey on tech skills and salaries. 

The 2016 IT Skills and Salary Report published by Global Knowledge, a leading professional development and IT training provider, found that 35 percent of certified IT professionals reported holding one or more CompTIA certifications. That made CompTIA the certification provider mentioned most frequently by respondents in the comprehensive annual report. 

The study found that 25 percent of respondents are CompTIA A+ certified; 20 percent hold a CompTIA Network+ certification; and 17 percent are CompTIA Security+ certified. 

IT professionals with CompTIA certifications have an average annual salary of $76,575, according to the study. Holders of CompTIA specialty and mastery certifications have even higher average salaries. For CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certified individuals, the average salary is $90,579. Holders of the CompTIA Cloud Essentials credential earn, on average, $102,568 per year. 

“The Global Knowledge study affirms what we are seeing in the marketplace,” said Dr. James Stanger, senior director, products, CompTIA. “Security, the cloud, the advent of mobile devices and the Internet of Things are all major drivers of change.” 

“With these changes IT professionals are constantly having to re-invent themselves and certification is a big part of that,” Stanger continued. “Certification is a proven and reliable way for an IT pro to demonstrate that they understand underlying technologies and, more importantly, know how to apply the best solution in any circumstance.” 

With more than two million certifications awarded, CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications and education for the world’s IT workforce. CompTIA has four IT certification categories that test different knowledge standards, from entry-level to expert, in cloud computing, mobility, Linux, networking, security, storage, help desk and support, servers, project management and other mission-critical technologies. Visit to learn more. 

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, 80,000 registered users and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Steven Ostrowski
Director, Corportae Communications