Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
This is the most basic certification that Cisco issues to technicians who are just starting out on network maintenance. Holders of this certification are often seen in smaller companies, but their annual income is estimated to be about $6,000 more than what their un-certified peers get.
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
This is one of the most sought-after Cisco certifications among people in the IT and networking industry. The CCNA proves a person’s ability and skill to qualify for the job of network technicians and support engineers. Many networking professionals make the CCNA a part of their career plan. They often apply for a certification (with a test, of course) after two years of working in CCENT capacity. The CCNA professional estimates an estimated annual salary of about $79,999.
Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
This certification proves a network professional’s skills and knowledge in design, security, and switching. Being one step higher than CCNA, many networking experts aim for this training and certification after acquiring the CCNA certification. CCNP-certified personnel earn more than $90,000 working as network engineers, network designers, or network security engineers.
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
The CCIE is the highest of all Cisco certifications. This can qualify a network professional to jobs of a network administrator or lead engineer in the IT department of big companies. CCIE-certified professionals are the prime movers of their organization’s networking and Internet-based systems. They can expect a salary of more than $120,000 per year.