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Certifications, Salary Info for a Career in Penetration Testing

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May 11, 2016

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Certifications. Salary Info for a Career in Penetration Testing

According to the InfoSec Institute, Professional penetration testers undergo an extensive training that helps them to identify high-risk vulnerabilities, allows testing of network defenders, and helps them to assess the magnitude of potential operational and business impacts following an attack. 

The Information Below is Staged By Assumed Difficulty To Obtain


HD = High Demand, judged by number of current job postings...




• CompTIA IT Fundamentals


• CompTIA A+


• Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals




• CompTIA Network+


• CompTIA Linux+


• CompTIA Security+ HD




EC-Council Network Security Administrator (ENSA) Average Indeed Salary 101K


• EC Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) Average Indeed Salary 106K


• GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) Average Indeed Salary 95K HD


• GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) Average Indeed Salary 92K HD


GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) Average Indeed Salary 97K


• GIAC Information Security Professional  (GISP) Average Indeed Salary 74K


• Offensive Security Wireless Professional  (OSWP) Average Indeed Salary 66K




• EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Average Indeed Salary 92K HD


• CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) Average Indeed Salary 92K HD


• GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED) Average Indeed Salary 87K


• GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC) Average Indeed Salary 123k


• Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) Average Indeed Salary 87K HD


• ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Average Indeed Salary 89k HD


• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Average Indeed Salary 99K HD


Note: CISSP is by far the most in demand cybersecurity certification.


• Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Average Indeed Salary 126k HD


• EC-Council Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) Average Indeed Salary 94k


• Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) Average Indeed Salary 93K


• Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE) Average Indeed Salary 107K

 I hope this information is helpful. 
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