The average MCITP salary in 2011 was $77,529. However, this average can also vary greatly between each individual certification, ranging from $91,192 per year on the high side to a low of $64,353. This site is designed to give you a general sense of what level of compensation to expect if you’ve thought about becoming a Microsoft Certified IT Professional, or illustrate how your pay compares to your peers if you already are one.
Here’s a broad overview of each certification, with a brief description of the related software/responsibilities and the average reported earnings from the latest industry survey data:
Database Administrator: $84,320. This certification deals with designing, building, and maintaining databases in an enterprise-level organization using Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
Enterprise Messaging Administrator: $91,192. Recipients of this certification are usually responsible for managing the email systems of a large organization using Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Note that this is 17.6% higher than the average MCITP salary overall.
Enterprise Administrator: $79,824. This is for IT professionals who specialize in using Windows Server 2008 to manage the network infrastructure of medium to large companies. Of all the certifications listed here, this one requires the most testing. There are a total of 5 different exams to fulfill the requirements for an Enterprise Administrator.
Server Administrator: $75,311. This position is responsible for the management and routine maintenance of network infrastructure, also using Windows Server 2008.
Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7: $75,881. Specializes in installing and configuring Microsoft Windows 7 as a desktop operating system for clients in an enterprise environment. This earnings level is the closest to the average MCITP salary overall. Additionally, this certification is the newest of those listed here, with the most recent exam material being published in September 2010.
Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7: $68,221. This is similar to the certification above, but candidates for the role typically have fewer years of experience and perform less crucial tasks.
Enterprise Support Technician: $64,353. Deals with troubleshooting and performing basic tasks for organizations that primarily use Windows Vista or previous versions of the Windows operating system. This is 17% lower than the average MCITP salary. This is also the oldest certification of those listed here, with the most recent required exam being published in May of 2007.
As far as the software specialty related to each certification, the most valuable option is clearly Microsoft Exchange. After that would be Microsoft SQL Server 2008, then Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and then finally Windows Vista or older versions such as Windows XP.
In general, certifications that require more years of experience and more responsibility tend to be on the higher side of the average earnings. A host of other factors obviously impact individual salaries as well, ranging from years on the job to geographic area to the compensation policies of specific companies, but hopefully this data gives you an idea of what kind of MCITP salary to expect if you decide to pursue a certification.
Source: Global Knowledge/TechRepublic 2011 IT Skills and Salary Report