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Top 10 Highest Paying IT Certifications for 2021

Published on Wed 13, 2021
Top 10 Highest Paying IT Certifications for 2021


2020 has been a year full of uncertainties. It entirely changed the working norms in the corporate world. We have to accept the fact that change is inevitable. The global pandemic has positively impacted the careers of many, and it will continue to move.

According to the International Labour Organization,

The economic backlash of the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out some 81 million jobs in 2020.

COVID-19 has also affected the IT sector. Many companies in the IT industry are more careful with their budgets. Research by UK job board CV-Library found that,

64.7% of IT professionals are worried about losing their job during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many countries conducted a job retention program to sustain in this global pandemic.

Image source: OECD

Few companies utilized the opportunity of lockdown and planned the organization's expansion giving way to various job opportunities.

To come out of the job crisis caused by the global pandemic, one should take a step ahead in one career and stand out of the crowd by attaining professional certifications.

The IT industry is dynamic and has an ocean of job opportunities. This growing field has some best certifications for 2021. Professional certifications add credibility to your profile.

According to,

The Top 10 highest paying certifications are:

  1. Google-Certified Professional Cloud Architect
  2. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  3. Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
  4. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect
  5. AWS Certified Developer
  6. Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  7. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  8. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  9. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  10. Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect- Expert
  11. Google-Certified Professional Cloud Architect

Google-Certified Professional Cloud Architect

Google certified professional cloud architect is a professional certification accredited by Google to validate the knowledge of designing, developing, and managing solutions on Google Cloud Platform. With Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect certification, you will create and plan cloud architect solutions. Also, It enables you to analyze technical and business processes.

Due to the global pandemic, the remote working norm adopted, cloud computing is in high demand. According to Gartner,

Worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow 18.4% in 2021 to total $304.9 billion, up from $257.5 billion in 2020

According to Markets and Markets,

The cloud technology adoption is expected to increase in sectors where the WFH initiative helps sustain enterprise business functions.

Certification: Exam registration fee: $200 (Excluding tax) | Prerequisites: None, recommended 3+ years experience | Question type: Multiple choice questions | Time: 2 hours | Mode: Online-proctored exam or onsite-proctored exam at a testing center

Salary: According to, The average annual wage of cloud architect in the US:

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Professional (PMP), accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI), is an industry-standard certification globally recognized.

PMP certification validates your Project Management knowledge, experience, and skills to potential employers. It also provides the professional skills necessary to lead project teams and bring projects to successful completion. A PMP certification will enable you to showcase your competencies in leading and directing projects and attain higher salaries than non-certified individuals. The PMP Certification has consistently been among the top-ranked certifications worldwide.

According to PMI,

CIO magazine ranked the PMP as the top project management certification because it proves you have the specific skills and experience employers seek.

There is an accelerating demand for project managers worldwide.

According to Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey—Eleventh Edition,

The majority of survey respondents, almost 82%, holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Also, they reported higher median salaries than those of non-certified professionals- 22% higher on average across 42 countries surveyed.


  • 180 questions (175= scored questions, 5= Unscored (pretest) questions)
  • The PMP exam duration is 230 minutes.
  • Two 10- minutes break
  • Questions types:
    • Multiple choice
    • Multiple responses
    • Matching
    • Fill-in-the-blank questions
    • Drag and drop
    • Hot-Spot (Graphic) questions

Salary: According to,

The average annual salary of a Project Management Professional (PMP)

For different job roles,

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

Certified Scrum Master (CSM), accredited by Scrum Alliance, validates the understanding of Agile principles and practices and makes you stand out from the crowd. Scrum is the most popular and most used methodology of Agile.

Due to the ra[pid adoption of Agile project management, there is a huge demand for Certified Scrum Masters

According to the 14th Annual State of Agile Report (2020),

Scrum and related variants remain be most common and most used Agile Methodologies. Fifty-eight percent of the respondents use Scrum Methodology.

Certification:  Questions: 50 | Time limit: 60 minutes | Passing score: 37 | Prerequisites: Get training from Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®), or receive private coaching from a Certified Agile Coach (CAC)

Salary: According to,

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect

AWS- Certified Solutions Architect enhances and validates your in-depth knowledge to analyze, configure, deploy, and manage the end to end operations of AWS cloud services. AWS certifications are diversely classified based on levels, roles, and specialties.

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional

AWS Cloud Solutions Architect is the most sought-after role in the Cloud industry. Cloud Solution architect is the one who provides highly scalable and cost-effective AWS cloud solutions.

AWS Cloud Solutions Architect is one of the highest-paid IT Certifications. According to CIO, AWS Certified Solutions Architect is ranked number 1 among the 15 most in-demand certifications for 2021.

According to Gartner report  2020 magic quadrant for cloud infrastructure & platform services, AWS is positioned as a leader by securing the highest score in both axes of measurement, Ability to Execute, and complete vision.


Prerequisites: For an associate-level certification, one year or more experience in solving problems and implementing solutions using the AWS Cloud is required.

For professional-level certification, two years or more of comprehensive experience designing, operating, and troubleshooting solutions using the AWS Cloud is required.

Exam Format: Multiple Choice Questions

Time: 180 minutes

Mode: Online proctored exam or Offline in a testing center

Cost: 300 USD

Salary: According to

AWS Certified Developer

AWS Certified Developer is a most sought after certification for a professional working in a software development team that validates high-level programming language knowledge. It validates your expertise in developing, deploying, and debugging cloud-based applications using AWS.

There is a huge demand for AWS certified professionals as there is a shortage of IT skills.

As per TechTarget,

Bowker, “The overall shortage of skills, aligns with the strategies AWS is pursuing,"

According to ITJobsWatch, AWS job vacancy trends as of 12th Jan 2021,