Salary Survey Extra: Deep Focus on CCNA
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October 28, 2022
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Salary Survey Extra is a series of periodic dispatches that give added insight into the findings of our most recent Salary Survey. These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.

CCNA is the foundation of the entire Cisco certification program.

Many certification programs have a flagship credential, and it isn't necessarily always tied to the program's most advanced level of specialization. The CCIE tier of certification offered by computer networking titan Cisco definitely commands respect, but Cisco is generally far better known for the cornerstone cert that all paths branch out from.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (No. 21 on our most recent Salary Survey list) is the anchor, the trunk of the tree, the base of the pyramid. Across the 2010s, Cisco experimented with developing an entire tier of associate-level credentials, before blowing it all up in 2020 and returning to a model that focuses solely (for the most part) on a single credential.

Here what the salary picture looks like for CCNA holders who responded to the Salary Survey:

All U.S. Respondents
Average Annual Salary: $123,430
Median Annual Salary: $125,280
How satisfied are you with your current salary?
Completely Satisfied: 12.4 percent
Very Satisfied: 20.7 percent
Satisfied: 38.6 percent
Not Very Satisfied: 21.4 percent
Not At All Satisfied:6.9 percent

All Non-U.S. Respondents
Average Annual Salary: $71,570
Median Annual Salary: $66,750
How satisfied are you with your current salary?
Completely Satisfied: 5.1 percent
Very Satisfied: 14.9 percent
Satisfied: 43.4 percent
Not Very Satisfied: 28 percent
Not At All Satisfied: 8.6 percent

The largest single body of CCNA holders to participate in the survey is made up of U.S. residents (52.2 percent of those surveyed), but we also heard from credential holders in 51 other countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Nearly all of the CCNA holders we heard from are men (93.2 percent of respondents). The rest are either women (4.3 percent of those surveyed), gender variant/nonconforming (0.3 percent), or chose not to identify their gender (2.2 percent). Generally speaking, most respondents are middle-aged either between the ages of 35 and 44 (45.1 percent of those surveyed) or between the ages of 45 and 55 (26.9 percent). There are a bare handful of kids in the room, with 1.1 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 19 and 24, as well as a youngish cohort between the ages of 25 and 34 (14.6 percent of respondents). The balance of respondents are either between the ages of 55 and 64 (10.8 percent of those surveyed) or between the ages of 65 and 74 (1.5 percent).

Nearly 90 percent of CCNA holders who responded to the survey have an educational background that includes time spent at a college or university. The highest level of education completed by most CCNA holders is either a bachelor's degree (43.3 percent of respondents), master's degree (36.2 percent), associate's degree (4.5 percent), doctorate (2.2 percent), or professional degree (0.6 percent). The outliers are the 8.9 percent of those surveyed who departed the realm of formal education after completing some level of post-high school technical training, the 3.7 percent who left formal education behind after completing high school, and the 0.6 percent who are currently in school.

A rock solid 98 percent of CCNA holders who responded to the survey are employed, either full-time (96.5 percent of respondents) or part-time (1.8 percent), with a further 0.3 percent presently in school, 0.7 percent on sabbatical, and just 0.7 percent out of work altogether. Among those who have full-time jobs, most are punching the clock for either between 41 and 50 hours per week (41.8 percent of respondents) or for the standard 40 hours (34 percent). The rest put in either more than 50 hours per week (11.6 percent of respondents), between 31 and 39 hours per week (10.4 percent), between 20 and 30 hours per week (1.1 percent), or fewer than 20 hours per week (also 1.1 percent).

The COVID-19 pandemic altered the outlook on hours spent working from home for a great many IT workers. For a notably largish chunk of CCNA holders, the profile of full-time work didn't change much, with remote work only on the table for either fewer than 10 hours per week (24.6 percent of respondents) or between 10 and 20 hours per week (12.7 percent). Everyone else is working from home for more than half of their weekly schedule, using a home wi-fi connection for either between 21 and 30 hours per week (7.8 percent of respondents), between 31 and 39 hours per week (13.4 percent), 40 hours per week (17.5 percent), or more than 40 hours per week (24 percent).

In terms of workplace standing, the largest single group of CCNA holders we heard from are employed at the senior specialist level (40.8 percent of respondents). The rest, in descending order, are either managers (17.1 percent of those surveyed), specialists (11.5 percent), directors (10.5 percent), senior managers (10.2 percent), rank-and-file employees (6.3 percent), or executives (3.6 percent).

A bit more than half (55.6 percent) of the CCNA holders who responded to the survey are IT veterans, having worked in a role that directly utilizes one or more of their certified skills for more than a decade. The rest have been plying their certified skills for either between zero years (1 to 11 months) and 2 years (5.6 percent of those surveyed), between 3 and 5 years (15.8 percent), between 6 and 8 years (12.8 percent), or between 9 and 10 years (10.2 percent).

Finally, here's the view of CCNA holders on key questions from the survey about how certification impacts job performance:

At my current job I use skills learned or enhanced through certification:
Several times a day: 50.7 percent
Several times a week: 29.3 percent
Several times a month: 10.2 percent
Occasionally: 8.9 percent
Rarely: 0.9 percent

Since becoming certified, I feel there is greater demand for my skills.
Strongly agree: 39.7 percent
Agree: 41.7 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 13.6 percent
Disagree: 3 percent
Strongly Disagree: 2 percent

Becoming certified has increased my problem-solving skills.
Strongly agree: 31.6 percent
Agree: 45.5 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 17.9 percent
Disagree: 4 percent
Strongly Disagree: 1 percent

Becoming certified has increased my workplace productivity.
Strongly agree: 27.9 percent
Agree: 46.5 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 19.6 percent
Disagree: 5 percent
Strongly Disagree: 1 percent

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