The Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is one of the most well known and recognizable certs within the IT industry today. According to the October 2013 Issue of PMI Today, there are 583,806 people worldwide who actively hold the PMP certification. It’s popularity is due to the fact that Project Management is a growing profession and the median salary for those who hold the cert continues to grow at a considerable rate. 

According to the 7th edition of PMI’s Project Management Salary Survey, which polled over 30,000 project managers from 29 different countries, the median salary for a Project Management Practitioner was $92,000. Considering the median household income in the United States is $51,017, that is quite an impressive number. The survey also shows the top 10 Countries with the Highest Project Manager Salaries, which are as follows:

  1. Switzerland- $160,409
  2. Australia- $139,497
  3. Germany- $110,347
  4. The Netherlands- $109,775
  5. Belgium- $108,750
  6. United States- $105,000
  7. Ireland- $101,635
  8. Canada- $98,517
  9. United Kingdom- $96,348
  10. New Zealand- $91,109

As you can see, the United States lands in the sixth spot on the list with a median yearly salary of $105,000. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the exam, you are given 4 hours to complete the 200 questions which cover the following 5 domains:

  1. Initiating the Project
  2. Planning the Project
  3. Executing the Project
  4. Monitoring and Controlling the Project
  5. Closing the Project

For more information on how you can start the process of earning your PMP, fill out the form below for pricing information and a course syllabus.

If you’re looking to get your hands dirty and start prepping for the exam, check out our free project management training resources where you can find featured papers, tutorials and articles on everything from project scope management to integration and monitoring. Also, check out a real student’s review of our 5-day Boot Camp:

References:

[1] http://www.intenseschool.com/boot_camp/pm/pm_professional

[2] PMI Today, October 2013 issue, page 4

[3] http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/17/news/economy/poverty-income/

[4] http://www.pmi.org/Professional-Development/Career-Central/10-Countries-with-Highest-Salaries-for-Project-Managers.aspx