IT Earning Index

Compare and Contrast Different Career Paths With This Tool

Compiled by CompTIA’s ITSS Community, the IT Earning Index features positions companies have the hardest time filling, and certifications to get you started.

Use this IT Earning Index, with salary information based on findings from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, to compare different paths you could take in IT, and how much they pay. These salaries depend on the level of expertise and geographic location. People living in London, Manhattan or San Francisco will have higher salaries than those living in less-populous regions.

For an in-depth look at each career, including downloadable materials, visit the ITSS Careers Page.

IT Earning Index

Project Manager

In this highly sought after career, project managers are asked to solve problems, set deadlines, bring in the right people and spend the project funds effectively. Read more.

Beginner

Intermediate

Expert

0 – 2 Years

3 – 5 Years

6+ Years

Average Salary

$60,000 – $70,000

$75,000 – $90,000

$110,000 – $130,000

Certifications To Get You Started

CompTIA Project+, PMI Scheduling Professional, Prince2 Foundation

Network Engineer

As a network engineer, you’ll set up wireless networks, manage routers and sniff out the problems within the network. You may also be asked to secure routers, program firewalls and detect intrusions. Read more.

Beginner

Intermediate

Expert

0 – 2 Years

3 – 5 Years

6+ Years

Average Salary

$45,000 - $65,000

$75,000 – $95,000

$110,000 - $150,000

Certifications To Get You Started

CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Project+, Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MCSE

Tech Support

Some technicians install software desk-to-desk in multinational enterprises, while others troubleshoot entire networks of devices for small startups and family businesses, or work globally in the cloud. Read more.

Beginner

Intermediate

Expert

0 – 2 Years

3 – 5 Years

6+ Years

Average Salary

$45,000 - $65,000

$70,000 - $80,000

$85,000 - $92,000

Certifications To Get You Started

CompTIA A+