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Top Paying Cybersecurity CertificationsWhat certification will give you the most bang for your buck and ensure quick vertical mobility up the corporate ladder? Global Knowledge’s IT Skills and Salary survey addresses that question by reviewing certifications that had a corresponding exam and received at least 115 survey responses. If you are looking to specialize your skillset and set yourself apart from others in the industry, consider obtaining one or more of the following lucrative certifications.

CRISC-Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control

  • Focuses on risk identification, risk assessment, risk response and mitigation, risk and control monitoring and reporting
  • The highest compensated certification 3 years in a row according to Global Knowledge’s Skills and Salary survey
  • More than 20,000 professionals have earned this designation since 2010, maintaining a 96% retention rate
  • 1500 or more CISO’s, CIO’s, or chief compliance, risk or privacy officers hold this designation
  • ISACA, the non-profit group, offers and manages the CRISC certification
  • Average Salary: $131,298

Potential Careers and Salary Ranges

  • Chief Information Security Officer: $106,314 – $233,587
  • Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security: $77,317 – $169,046
  • Senior Risk Manage: $69,391 – $156,573
  • Information Security Analyst: $49,524 – $102,675
  • Senior Information Technology Auditor: $68,870 – $107,613


Pass the computer based exam which is offered 3 times per year and have at least 3 years of work experience in 2 of the 4 focus areas. Ongoing CPE credits are required each year to maintain the certification.

CISM-Certified Information Security Manager

  • Designed for senior, managerial positions, with responsibilities of information security, assurance and risk management are expected
  • More than 32,000 professionals world-wide have earned the industry leading certification since created by ISACA in 2002
  • Particularly vital for career progression in the field of enterprise security management
  • Average Salary: $128,156

Potential Careers and Salary Ranges

  • Information Security Manager: $82,313 – $150,466
  • Chief Information Security Officer: $116,490 – $226,220
  • Information Security Officer: $66,269 – $148,508
  • Information Security Analyst: $56,171 – $125,044
  • Security Architect, IT: $84,138 – $163,817


CISM holders must have a minimum of 5 years of information security work experience, with at least 3 years in the role of Security Manager, which requires verification prior to sitting from the exam. Continuing education credits are required each year to maintain your certification.

CISSP-Certified Information Systems Security Professional

  • Offers the ability to design, engineer, implement and manage an overall information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks.
  • Globally, over 111,000 professionals hold this designation, with approximately 2/3 being in the US.
  • Offered by (ISC)2 and a universally recognized standard of achievement in the industry, being the first information security credential to meet the strict conditions of ISO/IEC Standard 17024
  • Essential for any professional looking to work in government or enterprise- scale IT departments.
  • Average salary: $121,729

Potential Careers and Salary Ranges

  • Information Security Analyst: $60,882 – $115,920
  • Information Security Manager: $81,540 – $140,869
  • Security Engineer: $70,990 – $125,469
  • Chief Information Security Officer: $106,609 – $205,645
  • Security Architect, IT: $89,840 – $152,998


Requires at least five years of experience in IS, with at least three of those as a security manager. Candidates must work for at least 5 years full-time in at least 2 out of the 8 domains tested. Domains covered in exam include computer security, including security and risk management, communications and network security, software development security, asset security, security engineering, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, and security operations. To remain certified, CISSPs must earn Continuous Professional Education (CPE) credits every year.

Potential for Growth

Certifications can be crucial to growth in the corporate world of cybersecurity. They show commitment to learning and understanding your field, and can help you diversify your interests and expertise. Many master’s programs, like Regis University’s MS in Information Assurance are tailored to help you prepare for entry level certifications. Many graduates then sit for the Electronic Commerce Council and Cisco certifications. Click here to learn about your educational options in cyber.

Top Paying Cybersecurity Certifications
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Top Paying Cybersecurity Certifications
If you are looking to specialize your skill-set and set yourself apart from others in cybersecurity, consider obtaining one or more of the lucrative certifications listed here.