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Working As A Lead System Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead System Technician Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Lead System Technician

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.6 years
Network Technician 3.2 years
Server Technician 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Lead System Technician
Technician 4.7%
Journeyman 4.1%
Consultant 3.2%
Top Careers After Lead System Technician
Consultant 5.5%
Owner 3.9%

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Lead System Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

83.4%

Female

9.3%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

10.9%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Japanese

16.7%

Carrier

16.7%

Cheyenne

8.3%

Italian

8.3%
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Lead System Technician Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

18.3%

University of Phoenix

13.8%

Strayer University

7.3%

University of Maryland - University College

6.4%

The Academy

5.5%

Western Governors University

4.6%

Prince George's Community College

3.7%

National University

3.7%

Villanova University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.7%

American University

3.7%

Tulane University

2.8%

University of Cincinnati

2.8%

University of California - Irvine

2.8%

Pace University - New York

2.8%

Ashford University

2.8%

Montgomery College

2.8%

Pima Community College

2.8%

Stanford University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

19.3%

Computer Science

14.1%

Electrical Engineering

11.0%

Information Technology

7.9%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.0%

Computer Engineering

5.0%

Management

4.3%

Computer Networking

3.8%

General Studies

3.1%

Aviation

2.6%

Automotive Technology

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Project Management

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Accounting

1.7%

Communication

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.2%

Other

22.5%

Masters

17.2%

Associate

15.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

2.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$109,000
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$83,000
Min 10%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$142,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cisco Systems
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Lead System Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead System Technician in the United States is $109,252 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $83,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $143,000.

Real Lead System Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Employee Systems Technology Lead Apple, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 10, 2013 $130,000 -
$150,000
Technical Lead-Data Systems & Reporting Realnetworks, Inc. Seattle, WA Jul 10, 2015 $128,775
Technical Lead-Data Systems & Reporting Realnetworks, Inc. Seattle, WA May 13, 2015 $128,775
Lead System Cslt-Web Technician (Graphics Software ENG) MCI Communications Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 17, 2014 $123,606
Lead Analyst, IT-Business Systems Celgene Corporation Berkeley Heights, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $116,107
Lead IT Developer-Pricing Systems Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 26, 2015 $106,303
Lead System Consultant-It Quality Assurance Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 28, 2016 $105,000
Technical Lead-System Test Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Dec 01, 2011 $105,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Web Technology (Software E Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Mar 23, 2012 $103,416
Lead System Consultant-It Qual Assur Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 14, 2016 $102,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Web Tech (Software Enginee Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Waltham, MA Oct 18, 2013 $101,819
Lead Engineer, ATO Wind Systems New Technology GE Gas Turbines (Greenville) LLC Greenville, SC Sep 30, 2013 $100,800
Lead System Consultant-It Project Management Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX May 23, 2012 $100,000
Lead System Consultant-It Project Management Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Oct 01, 2012 $100,000
Lead Systems Consultant-It Security (Systems Engin Verizon Data Services LLC Silver Spring, MD Apr 24, 2012 $99,597
Lead System Consultant-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC San Diego, CA Mar 15, 2013 $98,000
Lead System Consultant-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Jun 05, 2012 $96,000
SAP Technical Lead Applications Systems Perdue Farms, Inc. Salisbury, MD Jul 18, 2016 $95,514 -
$120,000
Technical Lead, Power System Simulation Applicatio General Electric Company Melbourne, FL Sep 29, 2013 $95,100
Lead System Consultant-Web Technology Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Jul 06, 2011 $95,000
Lead System Consultant-Web Technology Verizon Data Services LLC Grapevine, TX Jul 29, 2011 $95,000
Lead System Consultant-Web Technology Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Sep 14, 2011 $95,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Web Technology (Software Verizon Data Services, LLC Irving, TX May 17, 2012 $93,880
Lead System Consultant-Web Technician Verizon Data Services LLC Waltham, MA Dec 10, 2015 $93,000
Lead System Consultant-Web Technology Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Sep 18, 2012 $90,000
Technical Lead-Onboard Systems Liebherr Mining & Construction Equipment, Inc. Newport News, VA Sep 22, 2016 $90,000 -
$101,000
Lead System Consultant-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Aug 15, 2011 $90,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Web Technology Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Jul 25, 2011 $90,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Web Technology Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Nov 15, 2011 $90,000
Lead Systems Architect-Technical Systems Little Hills Healthcare Saint Charles, MO May 17, 2016 $89,586

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Top Skills for A Lead System Technician

  1. Customer Service
  2. Remote Access
  3. Technical Support
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  • Deliver excellent customer service and multitasking assignments, communicating with multiple Managers, Supervisors, and technical staff.
  • Provided staff-level technical support to program managers and system engineers in areas of software and hardware development.
  • Assist with trouble shooting all back office hardware (PC, Radiant Server, Printers, Persistent Connection Hardware).
  • Managed a team of 12 level1 Technicians and I have supported more than 2000 users desktops and laptops remotely.
  • Coordinated installation of cabling, networking, and connectivity, as well as computer room setup.

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