2011 MCP Salary Survey: What’s a Microsoft Certified Professional Worth?
Your MCP has value, but how much? A look the salary picture for Microsoft Certified Professionals now, and what to expect in the next 12 months
We're baaaccckkkk! Yes, it's the return of the MCPmag.com Salary Survey, the sibling survey to the one we run on Redmondmag, only more certifiable. That is, we take a different tack on this survey, providing you with a look at IT compensation that's decidedly MCP-ish.
This survey might seem familiar if you've been reading MCPmag in the last decade or so, but there is a difference that we'd like to explain at the outset. In past years, we offered comparisons to prior years' results. We really can't do that this time out, since the last time we surveyed our certified readership exclusively was back in 2005, when an MCP was an MCP and having an MCSE meant you were elite among the IT cognoscenti (but not among real engineers, of course, but that issue is now moot). In 2006, we performed a joint version of the survey for Redmond and MCPmag, wherein the methodology was reconfigured significantly.
And there is another significant difference: When we ran this survey last, we had a fairly small number of MCP titles to consider. Since then, Microsoft has revamped the new-generation certifications significantly and that means dozens more titles, and more ways to slice and dice data.
With that, consider this version 7.0 of the survey. It's new-generation and more of what matters to you.
So, let's get to those numbers, shall we?
Here's a cheat sheet:
- Overall Results: Average Base, Raise, Bonus, Etc.
- Salary by Job Title
- Salary by Technology Expertise
- Salary By Microsoft Product Expertise
- Salary by Microsoft Certification
- Salary by Certifications Other Than Microsoft
- Certification Impact on Salary, Career
- Salary of Respondents, by Range
- Additional Compensation Offerings
- Certification and Hiring
Michael Domingo is executive editor of MCPmag.com and hosts the Redmond Radio podcasts. Click here to e-mail the editors about "What’s a Microsoft Certified Professional Worth?"