Red Hat certifications have global reach, and we heard from RHCE-certified individuals both in the United States (where roughly 30 percent of respondents are located) and 14 different countries around the world: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Nepal, Poland, Romania, United Arab Emirates,and the United Kingdom. It’s good to be RHCE-certified in the United States, where credential holders enjoyed an average annual salary of $119,750 in 2016, with a median annual salary of $105,500. Outside the United States, the average annual salary dipped to $44,650,with a median annual salary of $30,000.
The body of RHCE holders who responded to the survey is unique on a couple of fronts, the first being that all of them (100 percent) are men (which is a first for our Deep Focus series). They’re also all surprisingly young. A robust 7.9 percent of those we heard from are barely out of high school between the ages of 19 and 24, while 39.6 percent are between the ages of 25 and 34, and 38.9 percent are between the ages of 35 and 44. You’re an RHCE “old timer” if you align with the remaining 13.6 percent of respondents, who are between the ages of 45 and 54.RHCE would also appear to be welcoming to newcomers: More than 53 percent of those surveyed have worked in a role that directly utilizes one or more of their certified skills for either between zero years (1 to 11 months) and 2 years (32.1 percent of respondents), or between 3 years and 5 years (21.4 percent). There is a strong veteran presence, with 35.7 percent of respondents have been so engaged for more than 10 years.