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 These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.
There's a catchy "fun fact" bouncing around the internet that Microsoft maintains a fiber optic network to support its cloud infrastructure that could stretch to the moon and back three times. The source of this juicy tidbit is a Microsoft fact sheet that was issued in [checks notes] 2013. Ten years later, has Microsoft gone to the moon and back a couple of more times in the furtherance of its Azure ambitions?
Maybe. Probably. The point is that Microsoft is serious about its colossal cloud. If you want to hop aboard that high-powered moon rocket, then Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate, No. 27 on our most recent Salary Survey 75 list is a great place to begin your Azure certification journey.
Here’s what the salary picture looks like for Azure Administrator Associate holders who responded to the Salary Survey:
All U.S. Respondents
Average Annual Salary: $122,090
Median Annual Salary: $125,000
How satisfied are you with your current salary?
Completely Satisfied: 8.7 percent
Very Satisfied: 34.8 percent
Satisfied: 30.4 percent
Not Very Satisfied: 19.6 percent
Not At All Satisfied: 6.5 percent
All Non-U.S. Respondents
Average Annual Salary: $55,960
Median Annual Salary: $41,250
How satisfied are you with your current salary?
Completely Satisfied: 4.4 percent
Very Satisfied: 10.6 percent
Satisfied: 39 percent
Not Very Satisfied: 28.3 percent
Not At All Satisfied: 17.7 percent
The largest single body of Azure Administrator Associate holders to participate in the survey is made up of residents of the United States (28.9 percent). The rest of the Azure Administrator Associate holders we heard from are spread across 42 other countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
The IT industry is typically dominated by male professionals, and only a relative handful of the Azure Administrator Associate holders we heard from — 14.3 percent of those surveyed — are women. A routine 81.1 percent of respondents are men, 2.6 percent chose not to identify their gender, 1 percent are transgender male, and 1 percent are gender variant/nonconforming. Somewhat against type, on the other hand, the Azure Administrator Associate survey cohort is notably youthful, with 72 percent of those surveyed either between the ages of 19 and 24 (0.6 percent), between the ages of 25 and 34 (29 percent) or between the ages of 35 and 44 (42.1 percent). The next-largest group is credential holders between the ages of 45 and 54 — 22 percent of respondents — with those remaining either between the ages of 55 and 64 (5.7 percent) or 75 or older (0.6 percent).
A notable 88 percent of the Azure Administrator Associate 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 Azure Administrator Associate holders is either a bachelor’s degree (45.4 percent of respondents), master’s degree (31.4 percent), associate’s degree (6.9 percent), doctorate (2.5 percent), or professional degree (1.9 percent). The remaining 12-ish percent of Azure Administrator Associate holders either topped out with some level of post-high school technical training (6.9 percent) or departed the realm of formal education after graduating from high school (5 percent).
Employment among Azure Administrator Associate holders is solid, with 84.2 percent of credential holders employed full-time. The remaining 15 percent of those surveyed are either in part-time positions (3.7 percent), are students (4.2 percent), are on sabbatical (2.6 percent), or are out of work (5.3 percent). For most respondents, full-time employment means a regular work schedule of either between 41 and 50 hours per week (42.4 percent) or the standard 40 hours per week (29.5 percent). Out of the remaining 27 percent of those surveyed, 9.6 percent work between 31 and 39 hours per week, 14.7 percent put in more than 50 hours per week, and a fortunate 4 percent have a full-time work schedule of either between 20 and 30 hours per week (1.9 percent) or fewer than 20 hours (also 1.9 percent).
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically reshuffled workplaces worldwide in 2020, and there’s strong evidence of that here: A notable 38 percent of the Azure Administrator Associate holders we heard from are spending their entire work schedule at home, with 26 percent working beneath the same roof that’s overhead when they sleep at night for more than 40 hours per week, and a further 12 percent doing so for 40 hours per week. The rest haven’t entirely separated from their cubicles (or corner offices), working from home either between 31 and 39 hours per week (9.5 percent of respondents), between 21 and 30 hours per week (19.6 percent), between 10 and 20 hours per week (13.3 percent), or for fewer than 10 hours per week (19.6 percent).
In terms of workplace standing, the largest single group of Azure Administrator Associate holders we heard from are employed at the senior specialist level (31.7 percent). The rest, in descending order, are either managers (19 percent of respondents), specialists (15.3 percent), senior managers or rank-and-file employees (both 11.7 percent), directors (8.5 percent), or executives (2.1 percent).
A core 34.4 percent of Azure Administrator Associate 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 (11.6 percent of respondents), between 3 and 5 years (23.3 percent), between 6 and 8 years (18.5 percent), or between 9 and 10 years (12.2 percent).
Finally, here’s the view of Azure Administrator Associate 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: 39.2 percent
Several times a week: 33.3 percent
Several times a month: 13.2 percent
Occasionally: 10.1 percent
Rarely: 4.2 percent
Since becoming certified, I feel there is greater demand for my skills.
Strongly agree: 40.7 percent
Agree: 36 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 11.1 percent
Disagree: 6.4 percent
Strongly Disagree: 5.8 percent
Becoming certified has increased my problem-solving skills.
Strongly agree: 35.4 percent
Agree: 39.7 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 15.9 percent
Disagree: 6.9 percent
Strongly Disagree: 2.1 percent
Becoming certified has increased my workplace productivity.
Strongly agree: 30.7 percent
Agree: 38.1 percent
Neither Agree nor Disagree: 21.7 percent
Disagree: 5.8 percent
Strongly Disagree: 3.7 percent
PAST MICROSOFT CERTIFIED AZURE ADMINISTRATOR ASSOCIATE DEEP FOCUS FEATURES