Average CCNP salary [updated 2021]

January 4, 2021 by Susan Morrow

The CCNP, or Cisco Certified Network Professional, is a certification endorsing IT professionals who have the knowhow and skill to set up, configure and manage local and wide-area networks within an enterprise. CCNP certification takes you through video, voice, wireless and advanced security issues. Since the training module and examinations for the CCNP certification are 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 qualified to handle both small and large networks. CCNP certification lets companies rest easy, knowing they have the right person for the job.

2021 CCNP certified professional median salary by city

In city-wise rankings, San Jose, California, takes top position. The city businesses pay generously for CCNP professionals. As evident from the PayScale statistics below, this city has the highest median salary for a network administrator with CCNP certification, followed by New York and Washington, D.C.

City CCNP salary data
New York, New York $71,000
Chicago, Illinois $67,000
Atlanta, Georgia $64,000
Houston, Texas $65,000
Dallas, Texas $63,000
Washington, District of Columbia $69,000
San Jose, California $80,000

2020 CCNP certification median salary by experience

From PayScale figures, the average salary for a CCNP-certified network administrator is $59,762, but starts at $49,485 and ranges up to $70,644 as seniority increases. Salaries vary greatly with job roles, with a CCNP-qualified network engineer earning, on average, $74,191.

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.

The salaries below reflect those of a network administrator:

Years of experience National CCNP salary data
Less than 1 year $49,384
1-4 years $53,672
5-9 years $60,666
10-19 years $65,691
20+ years $70,644

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) average by job

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.

Job Average salary with CCNP certification
Network engineer $84,339
Sr. network engineer $106,592
Network architect $122,253
Network administrator $70,601
Information technology (IT) manager $94,072
Network security engineer $93,930
Information technology (IT) director $110,804

SheThe gender breakdown of CCNP certified professional salaries for certification holders reflects poorly on the industry. PayScale found that in 2020, male CCNA certification holders made up 95.8% of the market, with salaries spanning from $63,000 to $136,000. Female CCNA certification holders made up only 4.1% of the market, with salaries of between $59,000 and $124,000.

CCNP professionals can find employment in 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. According to PayScale, those working on a freelance or contract basis earn a median salary on par with permanent employees.


Salary for Certification: Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), PayScale

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Posted: January 4, 2021
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Susan Morrow is a cybersecurity and digital identity expert with over 20 years of experience. Before moving into the tech sector, she was an analytical chemist working in environmental and pharmaceutical analysis. Currently, Susan is Head of R&D at UK-based Avoco Secure. Susan’s expertise includes usability, accessibility and data privacy within a consumer digital transaction context. She was named a 2020 Most Influential Women in UK Tech by Computer Weekly and shortlisted by WeAreTechWomen as a Top 100 Women in Tech. Susan is on the advisory board of Surfshark and Think Digital Partners, and regularly writes on identity and security for CSO Online and Infosec Resources. Her mantra is to ensure human beings control technology, not the other way around.