Cisco Career Certifications are IT Professional certifications for Cisco Systems products. The tests are administered byPearson VUE. The five levels of certification are: Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Architect along with targeted certifications for Specialist and Technician. These are available in seven different subject areas: Routing & Switching, Design, Network Security, Service Provider, Storage Networking, Voice, and Wireless.
CCIE [Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert] is the highest level certification offered by Cisco Systems. CCIE is the most prestigious IT Certification offered by Cisco Systems, from last few years. Certainly CCIE Security Version 4 and CCIE Voice Certified Engineers are among the best career options for young Engineers of India.

Quick Facts

  • During the period of recession, only the CCIE certified professionals enjoyed a tension-free environment in comparison to the unemployment and downsizing ratio across the world.
  • According to a survey conducted in the year 2011 by ITCareers pay, there are only 25,000 professionals in the world holding the CCIE certification.

Job Designations for CCIE Certified Employees

The most popular job designations for CCIE certified employees are,

  • Network Engineer
  • Sr. Network Engineer
  • Security Consultant (Computing /Information Technology/Networking)
  • Network Administrator (IT)
  • Systems Engineer (Computer Networking/IT)
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking/IT)

Network Ace offers hot career options with enormous growth opportunities for young engineers through CCIE R&S, CCIE Security and CCIE Voice Integrated programs. These programs are designed in such a way that Placements are automatically guaranteed after successful completion of the program. CCIE Engineers are hired by corporate giants like Cisco, TCS, Orange, HCL, Tech Mahindra, HP, Wipro, Infosys, Accenture, Aricent, Array Networks, 3i-infotech, Proactive Data Systems, Dimension Data, Singtel, IBM, Cable & Wireless to name a few. Network Ace offers CCIE Certification Training with 100% Job Placement Guarantee with starting packages of 5-18 Lakhs per annum, depending upon the program and experience. Average packages grabbed by fresher CCIE Security and CCIE voice engineers are in between 6 to 9 Lakhs per annum.

Cities like New Delhi, Delhi (including Gurgaon, Noida and Delhi),Bangalore Karnataka, Mumbai Maharashtra, Pune Maharashtra, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu offer the highest salaries to Cisco Certified Engineers in India

Median Salary Range as per Designations for a Cisco Certified (CCNA to CCIE) Employee:

Designations Median Salary Range in India
Network engineer Rs 179,304 – Rs 1,208,048
Sr. Network engineer Rs 289,101 – Rs 1,839,940
Network Administrator (IT) Rs 1,22,554 – Rs 1,057,011
Network Security engineer Rs 2,16,000 – Rs 1,228,902
Security Consultant (Information Technology/Networking/ Computing) Rs 153,193 – Rs 1,957,428

Median Salary Range for CCIE Certified/Non Certified Engineers as per cities in India:           

City Salary Range
Bangalore Rs 2,15,222 – Rs 19,18,101
New Delhi Rs 2,53,419 – Rs 27,61,712
Mumbai Rs 1,96,672 – Rs 15,70,368
Pune Rs 2,14,551 – Rs 13,89,256

Note: Salaries given above depends upon Certification status and track(R&S/Security/Voice) chosen by Engineers.

Salary Range for Employees with a CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) Certification in Top Companies



Salary Range

CCIE certified Employee Rs 6,30,227 – Rs 22,66,924
HCL Technologies Limited
CCIE certified Employee Rs 3,60,000 – Rs 13,75,689
Cisco Systems Inc.
CCIE certified Employee Rs 1,20,805 – Rs 25,82,562
Tata Communications Limited
CCIE certified Employee Rs 3,25,000 – Rs 14,25,000
Wipro Technologies Ltd.
CCIE certified Employee Rs 3,93,054 – Rs 12,71,706

Growth Opportunity for CCIE Certified/Non Certified Employee:
A CCIE certified employee gets a senior level designation in the top-rated companies in India. CCIE certified professionals are in high demand both in India as well as abroad. CCIE salary in India for a fresher starts from INR 2 lakhs (Non Certified) to INR 8 lakhs [Certified] per annum, varying from one company to the other. Experienced CCIE certified professionals draw up to INR 30 lakhs per annum. In the US, the average pay scale for a CCIE certified employee is $100,000.

Academic Qualifications required for a CCIE Certified Job

Candidates after completion of B.E/B.Tech/BCA/MCA degree can opt to take a course in CCIE. Candidates completing bachelor’s course in general stream are also considered eligible, subject to eligibility in other criteria. After completion of the course, candidates need to qualify in a written examination of 3 hours duration, followed by a lab examination of 8 hours duration. As of now, the lab examination is conducted in selected locations. In India, the CCIE Security and Routing and Switching lab examinations are conducted in Bangalore. For other certifications like CCIE Voice, CCIE Wireless or CCIE Service Provider, candidates need to travel to the US or UK.