Salaries Finally Up for MCPs According to 2005 Survey

Readers report a significant increase in salary over last year's survey results.

According to the 10th Annual Microsoft Certified Professional Salary Survey, published this week on in conjuction with Redmond magazine, salaries for Microsoft Certified Professionals and those working in the Microsoft IT space are heading upward.

Readers of both pubications reported an average salary increase of 5.3 percent this year, as compared to a mere 0.3 percent average increase in 2004.

The average salary among readers of and sister publication Redmond magazine for 2005 is $68,535. Note that experience plays heavily into average salary; for example, those with one to two years of experience report an average salary of $56,500, while those with more than 10 years report an average of $78,600.

The salary survey also looks at the impact of various certifications and related skills on compensation. According to the survey, those holding an MCSE, for example, report an average salary of $67,000 if they work with portable/embedded computing, $72,100 if they work in hardware design and $77,100 if they work with Unix. The top earning skill for in 2005 is outsourcing, with an average salary of $84,139 for those supervising outsourced efforts.

For Microsoft-specific skills, readers report that the the top earnings area is Identity Integration Server ($93,333), followed by BizTalk Server ($90,441), Content Management Server ($85,385) and Windows Server 2003 Datacenter ($84,938).

The survey also offers average salaries by location and industry, all cross-referenced by Microsoft certification.

The survey results were obtained by polling 1,675 U.S.-based readers of and Redmond magazine. The survey was conducted by Wilson Research, with a margin of error of 3 percent.

To read a truncated version of this salary survey online, go here. To download a PDF of the complete salary survey results, including all the charts referenced above plus many more, go here (free, but registration required).

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the executive editor of the 1105 Redmond Media Group's Web sites, including,, and, among others.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Nov 28, 2005 Anonymous Cincinnati, OH

I don't know the salary requirement for Microsoft Office User Specialist. I'm certified in the core Microsoft
Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. I've been working with these applications at least 5 years before I got my certifications. However, jobwise I've only done internships related to this field. What should my salary requirement be??? Someone please email me back with the facts!

Thu, Sep 22, 2005 howitz EU

Hey guys ... wake up ... hello!
Listen this survey is crap ... every company pays different sallary! PERIOD.
Maybe in some locations in the USA will pay u off low , and in someone high salary.
So its not like everyone has IT cert and MCSA , MCSE.
Here in europe IT job wih Microsoft cert. will be paid around 3000 EUR a month maybe more...or should i say 4500-5000$ depends on in which country ur , and which company.DONT forget the there are lot of companies who will pay more and more.

Wed, Sep 21, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

Can't believe this survery, as it's not practically applicable. Being an MCSE and MCT, I am not getting what I expected. Let's hope so

Tue, Sep 20, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

An MCP with 1 to 2 year exp makes over
56.5K a year?Not in San Diego,CA. You
are lucky to find a $15/hr with that kind of exp.One instructor in an Citrix class said that we can fill our local stadium with unemployed MCSEs. Don't believe
this survey.

Tue, Sep 20, 2005 J Ontario

I agree, what a joke. If I showed this to HR, they would laugh me right out the friggin door. The company's modo is, why pay more than you have to. They are right! If I leave there are 200 other people waiting in line for my $27K job. There are no IT jobs left for people with less than 10 years exp.

Mon, Sep 19, 2005 A Chicago

This survey is a crock. Your average listed is almost double reality (in the Chicago area). If you ask more than 30k for an MCP with 1 to 3 years experience, companies won't even talk to you. Time to make the donuts.

Fri, Sep 16, 2005 J Redmond

Sorry guys - you're all wrong. I live and work in Redmond and without an MCP make over 100K. This survey is true. Maybe y'all should move to WA.

Thu, Sep 15, 2005 Anonymous Canada

You are complaining about making 65kyr doing desktop support. If only others could be so lucky.

With your certifications, you should be beyond desktop support though a lack of a diploma or degree from an accredited institute may be holding you back there.

Tue, Sep 13, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

It's true, it is a crock. I will make the average this year, 65,000, doing desktop support at a community college in the San Jose area. This is with over ten years of experience and MCSE NT40, W2K, 2003.

Tue, Sep 13, 2005 UNC Specialist Chapel Hill

This survey is a joke. These positions do not pay unless you have a masters degree with 12 years experience. This is just hype to sell certs. What a joke. Wake up Microsoft....we know what you are doing....

Mon, Sep 12, 2005 cheeba stx

I agree. I don't know anyone making this type of pay. Where I live, people with mcps and a year of experience begin in the 25,000 range. That's an insult and to make matters worse, as time goes by, an MCSE won't mean anything more than your foot in the door, as any idiot nowadays can take a six month course and pass all the exams, with the only overclocking they know about is all those overtime hours they are going to have to work just make a decent salary.

Fri, Sep 9, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

Nope, everyone just lied to show to their supervisor that we are underpayed
it's all good though, now we can demand raise based on this survey

Fri, Sep 9, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

Do you really believe in this survey?

Thu, Sep 8, 2005 iftikhar delhi

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