IT Pros Earn More with AWS Certifications; Way More
IT professionals who specialize in Amazon Web Services earn more on average than their peers.
Global Knowledge polled IT workers on their average salaries and how specializing in particular skills affected their pay. The organization's report, released in April, indicates that some employers are willing to pay a premium for AWS skills.
According to the study, IT workers in non-management positions in the U.S. and Canada who have a certification of any kind earned $79,796 a year on average. But among those who have a certificate that shows know how to work with AWS, the average annual salary was $101,755 a year, a 27.5 percent increase. There also appears to be a premium for managers with AWS skills.
On average, the IT managers in the U.S. and Canada who responded to the survey and had a certificate of any kind earned $112,525 a year. Those with an AWS certificate, however, earned $127,942 a year on average (or 13.7 percent more).
Overall, if you combine the salaries of both managers and non-managers who participated in the Global Knowledge survey, certified IT professionals earned $90,512 a year on average. But among those who have an AWS certification, the average salary was $113,932 a year, a 25.9 percent premium.
It should be noted that not all AWS certificates are seen as equally valuable. The salaries employers pay depends a great deal on the particular certificate an IT worker has.