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CCNA Salary Report

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.

Average CCNA Salaries

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

simplyhired.com has the average salary at a lower scale of $68,000. This is well above the median per capita income of $28,051 and the median household income of $53,046 that the US census reports. Clearly if you are able to get your foot in the door into a networking career you will be a big step above most Americans.

CCNA salary by region

Country-wide averages are one thing, but regional salaries are more accurate. The cost of living varies by state and region, as does a salary range. The following graph shows CCNA salary results from indeed.com organized by state. As you can see the top three states are New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Having a CCNA will pay off big time in those areas. Hawaii, Idaho and Nebraska come in at the bottom of the list.

CCNA Salary by state

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.

CCNA Salary by City

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.

Entry Level CCNA Salary

For many, the desire to obtain a Cisco certificate has to do with entering the IT field. The technology field is a unique place because many times a degree is not required. Knowledge of a technology is what employers look for, and certificates are a way to prove this knowledge. According to indeed.com, the average entry level CCNA salary is $56,000. Once again SimplyHired.com takes a more pessimistic view of entry level earning an average of $48,000. These entry level jobs provide the hands on experience needed to compliment a certificate and offer advancement opportunities. There are a number of alternative networking certificates which you may consider along with the CCNA.

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.

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