The CCNP or Cisco Certified Network Professional is a certification endorsing IT professionals who have the knowhow and skill to setup, configure and manage local as well as wide-area networks within an enterprise. It involves video, voice, wireless and advanced security issues. Since the training module and examinations for the CCNP certification are fairly rigorous, companies prefer to have CCNP certified professionals on their teams as their expertise has been verified. Ensuring smooth functioning of network systems is a necessity for any company, and CCNP professionals are aptly qualified to handle small as well as large networks. This certification lets companies rest easy, knowing they have the right person for the job.

The salary for a CCNP certified professional kick starts at $41,022 as per the latest figures by Payscale.com and ranges up to a whopping $133,590 as seniority of position increases. Those with a minimum one year of experience draw salaries on par with average figures while those with less than one year of experience garner a salary which is a tad below the average. Needless to say, the salary offered increases as the years of job experience go higher.  It is also very likely that the nature of projects handled by the candidate can be a decisive factor with regards to the amount of salary paid.

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The job titles commonly associated with CCNP are Network Administrator and Network Engineer which are entry- level positions. Mid and senior level job titles include Senior Network Engineer, Senior Systems Engineer- Computer Networking and IT, IT Manager, IT Director and Network Architect. The positions of IT Director and Network Architect are high level titles in the CCNP hierarchy and come with a six- figure salary depending, of course, on the candidate profile. Many CCNP certified individuals working as IT Managers also draw a six-figure salary.

In city-wise rankings, San Jose is slotted at the top, and loosens its purse strings generously for CCNP professionals. As evident from the statistics below; this city has the highest median salary for a CCNP certification, followed by Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Austin.

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There has been no discrepancy observed between the wages drawn by female and male CCNP professionals in spite of there being a significantly higher number of male employees.

CCNP professionals can find employment is a variety of industries like Healthcare, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Information technology Services, IT Consulting and Network and Communication Services. CCNP professionals are also frequently employed in the federal Government, state governments and non- profit organizations. As per the payscale.com survey, those working on a freelance or contract basis earn a median salary on par with permanent employees.

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