After the surprise wore off from seeing how low salaries for IT managers can go, I started to wonder how much of a bump in salary the average network engineer would get with achieving a CCIE. This is the only current survey I could find, I searched and found a bunch of data from 2008, 2004, and older.
So, for supposedly recent CCIE data, here ya go...
As far as this data is concerned, CCIE's get a bump of about $10,000 compared to CCNP salaries which are as follows:
Now, keep in mind these are the median salary ranges based on a fairly small sample of survey responders (less than 10% of CCIE's responded). This doesn't mean there aren't awesome opportunities out there that pay more or that you are guaranteed to make this much once you achieve a given certification. This is the middle of the road for a smattering of people that answered a survey regarding their salary.
Salary is the key word there. If you are a consultant, self employed, or work in a hazardous area (think military contracts or industrial plants), you can make more than someone collecting a steady paycheck. I've heard of guys with just a CCNA making $150+ because of the hazards they are up against. The down side is you are either always traveling or you are far away from family and friends.
Is it worth the couple extra bucks? That's a choice everyone has to make on their own. Some people are willing to work 6 days a week, 12 hours a day and live in a dust bowl with the risk of bullets flying over head. Others like having an easy commute in the morning, going out for Thai food at lunch, free time at night with family and friends, and football games on the weekends. I guess that's what you call intangible salary.