The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an entry-level certificate aimed at those entering the IT field. Obtaining the CCNA is a great way to jump start an IT career. The certificate will open the door to higher income, more job security, and the ability to work at a rewarding position. As you will see below, the salary boost from obtaining a CCNA is substantial. CCNA salary levels will vary by region, experience and degree. But even those who live outside of a tech-hub, with little experience and no degree are able to start a networking career after obtaining their CCNA.
According to indeed.com the average salary for the Cisco CCNA is between $78,000 and $82,000. Using glassdoor.com one can see the average salary for positions that generally require at least the level of knowledge that the CCNA provides. These range from:
Network Engineer – Google - $107,534
Network Consulting Engineer – Cisco Systems - $106,296
Network and Computer Systems Administrator – Patni Computer Systems - $57,329
Network Engineer – Mahindra Satyam - $64,656
Network Administrator – Oracle - $63,169
Breaking down the regional CCNA salary data even more we can look at income by city. Here are some of the largest cities in the USA and how much jobs listing the CCNA pay, on average.
Clearly silicon valley is at the top of the list with both San Jose and San Francisco being in the top three. Phoenix is at the bottom of this list, where individuals make less than $70,000 a year on average.
The CCNA is clearly a certificate worth having. It is one of the best steps to take to gain a rewarding and high-paying job. One of the first things to do when preparing for the CCNA is to master subnetting and the Cisco 'show' command.