Salary survey says CCIE salary slipping

In a provocatively headlined blog, TechRepublic Executive Editor Jason Hiner writes that "Cisco's CCIE is no longer the

biggest cash cow of IT certification." According to the Web site's 2008 IT Skills and Salary Report conducted in association with training firm Global Knowledge, Cisco's highest accolade for network engineers is the fifth highest-earning certification for IT professionals, following PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Certified Associate in Project Management, ITIL v. 2 - Foundation, and (ISC)2's Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

It's difficult to say how much of a slip this is for the Cisco Certified Internet Expert certification as the survey doesn't provide comparisions to previous years. But the results appear to gel with what Network World has been reporting in recent pasts - that employers are seeking IT pros with business-oriented skills in such areas as project management and Six Sigma.

According to the survey, PMPs command an average salary of $101,695, compared to $93,500 for a CCIE Routing & Switching expert.

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