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How much is an entry salary with a CCENT certification

Asked Limestone, Maine

6 answers

Ishant’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Getting CCENT certified is entry to your networking career and I personally didn't look out for salary when I got my first job. Look for a job which gives you more hands on on the devices because during your certificate preparations you are just grasping the concepts and may get some simulators. The real devices and getting to know how they connected to the network gives you more confidence and your way to step up the ladder. I started my career with a start up company which made me do end to end work i.e. from deployment till post-deployment troubleshooting. This later on helped me to crack the interview in Cisco.

Andy’s Answer

Updated Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

It is hard to tell, you can get some hints with Glassdoor or something similar websites. Getting the CCENT certification does not secure the job employment but it can boost your chance to sit in the interview for a job, I would suggest to consider the learning outcome of the certification, rather than salary level.

Luis’s Answer

Updated Mexico City, Mexico

Hi Logan,

Because CCENT is a low leverl certification you should not expect to get a good amount at the end of the month, this is just the begginning for what the Network and Communications world is.

Of course that with that cert you could get the oportunity in the Cisco Environment, with a parther or even with Cisco it self.

If you want to see this just as money, you should consider if the time that this requieres will give you something in future.

Currently I'm CCNP, working at Cisco and so far away from home (more that 1 thousand kms away from mom and dad). And I took this oportunity because of the growth that I know that I will get not just at this moment, also in the next years.

Something that I learned is that to get the money, you have to do really well your job, and to do that, you have to invest time in training and dedication.

Hope my comment can be helpfull for you.


Luis from Cisco TAC.

Hammdy’s Answer


As per the following website https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Ccent-Salary, the national average is stated as $68,315 but I believe the figure is slightly inflated.



Mark’s Answer

Updated Durham, North Carolina

I think your certification opens doors, and that is a huge first step. I would encourage you to not just focus on salary, instead look at the entire package of benefits. As you look for your first job with your CCENT, ask around. Find out what it's really like to work there. Do they have on site facilities? What is the dress code? Are you expected to work weekends/holidays? Is there a bonus plan? Basic salary is nice, but working in a casual and creative environment where everyone is valued adds a lot to your pay.

Mark recommends the following next steps:

  • Do research on the total benefit package, not just salary.
  • Talk to people that work at that company (reverse interviews).
  • At your interviews, ask everyone the same set of benefits questions so you can really rate the places equally.

Amol’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

The average salary of the CCENT certified student is 20000USD