Salaries for the Cisco certifications held by respondents to this year’s survey decreased from 2009, but they were still higher than the average salaries for Cisco-certified folks in 2008. The average salary of $93,953 for a Cisco Certified Design Associate was the sixth highest salary listed in this year’s survey, and is still a 25% increase from a CCDA’s average salary of $75,000 in 2008.
The second highest Cisco certification salary in this year’s survey ($89,864) was for the Cisco Certified Network Professional designation. Cisco this month announced a major overhaul of this certification by replacing the required exams with those that better reflect a network professional’s job tasks. After July 31, candidates are required to take exams that cover implementing Cisco IP routing, implementing Cisco switched networks, and troubleshooting and maintaining Cisco IP networks. (More information about the changes is available at Cisco’s CCNP site).