TechRepublic.com 2010 Survey - "Impact of Training & Certification on Salary"
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Both managers and staff agree that training and certifications improve job performance.
- More than 84% of managers who sent their staff to receive training felt staff members were more effective in their job role after training.
- Non-managerial respondents answered similarly, with 78% indicating they felt more effective at their jobs after training.
Do certifications increase current base salary?
The perception by non-managerial respondents is "yes".
- Over two-thirds of all respondents (11,916) took some form of training in the prior 12 months.
- From this group, more than half (6,471) did so to prepare for certification exams.
For these respondents there was a significant positive relationship between post-certification effectiveness and their certification's perceived impact to base salary. In other words, those who felt more effective on the job after certification also were more apt to say that certifications positively impacted salary.
Overall, professionals who had earned an IT or project management certification during the last five years earned an average of $5,242 more than their counterparts ($85,628 vs. $80,386).
The relationship between training and salary is validated further when reviewing base pay for those who trained during the last year and those that did not. The average salary for those that trained, across all training categories, was $83,106, versus $80,130 for those who did not. This trend is similar to that identified in the 2009 study.