CCDE Salary – How much you can get if you pass Cisco CCDE ?

Many people have been searching these two words on the website. Many people also have been asking to me , how much they can earn monthly if they pass CCDE practical/lab exam.

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I think answer is depend on many criteria. Since this post will be read by people all around the world, it is important to share some insights on the topic.

Before talking about dependencies, you should know some facts about CCDE certification. Unlike CCIE, CCDE is not known by many recruiters.

If you don’t have any CCIE but you have CCDE certificate, probably you won’t appear at the top of the search for the network engineering jobs !

There are less than 400 CCDE certified people in the world as of January 2018. Most of these people are known in the industry by the other technical people. When they would like to change their job, it happens most of the time through referral. If I close my company one day and search a job, I am counting on you, refer me okay !

In the beginning of his post, I said that CCDE salary depends on many criteria.

These are in general

  • Country
  • Position
  • Changing the company
  • Years of experience

Most probably there are other things which would affect the salary of the CCDE but these are my observations.

Country is important because, even if you are CCDE and as a technical person (not as manager or C level), if you work in Turkey, you can’t get more than 3000 usd in average. If you work in GCC (Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait etc.) you can easily get 10 000 usd per month. If you are living in Africa, even if you get CCDE , you won’t get more than 5000 USD as a technical person. (There are so many countries in Africa, but in average almost all African country salaries are roughly the same)

Position is important because as I said above, as a technical person, you can get probably 3000 usd in Turkey but as a manager in IT company let’s say, it can be around 6000usd. This would be 15000 usd in GCC countries. I won’t list each and every country CCDE level person salary here, but engineer level , CCDE person salary would be around 8000 to 15000 USD in Canada , U.S , Australia , Singapore as well. These are the countries I am aware of.

Also, in general, people working in design and architecture position gets more salary than people working in Operation.

Changing the company : If you are working in a company for years , having CCDE won’t increase your salary suddenly if you stay in the same company. In fact, many of my friends , students , when they pass CCDE exam , changed their job. This is not only for salary , but they can find a better position (Design vs. Operation for example)

Last but not least, years of experience is important. You can have 10 years of experience but probably stayed in the same company for 10 years and your domain knowledge is limited but you passed the CCDE exam somehow. On the other side, there is a person with 10 years of experience but worked as a consultant and designed 10s of networks from the different domains (Enterprise, Service Providers, Telcos and so on), second person would be preferred by the hiring managers even both of these people have CCDE. And the second one would be offered higher salary.

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Depend on country , position , years of experience and whether you change the company after you pass the CCDE, CCDE salary can change between 2000 usd to 20 000 usd.

I can help you to pass CCDE exam , as I help so far for more than 50 of my students , just in couple years. You can join Online or Onsite Live Instructor Led CCDE Training or Self Paced Video on Demand CCDE Course.

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