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Working As A Lead Systems Engineer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Systems Engineer 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 Systems Engineer

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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Lead Systems Engineer Career Paths

Lead Systems Engineer
Information Technology Project Manager Management Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager, Systems Engineering Systems Administrator Project Leader
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director Chief Technology Officer
Chief Architect
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Technical Consultant Oracle Consultant
ERP Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Global Director Of Information Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Engineer Application Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Release Manager
Senior Configuration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Lead System Analyst Information Technology Consultant Securities Analyst
Senior Security Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Manager, Systems Engineering Engineering Director Vice President Of Engineering
Senior Vice President, Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Lead Developer Software Engineer Lead
Software Leader
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Engineer 4.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Lead Systems Engineer
Consultant 4.0%
Engineer 2.5%
Top Careers After Lead Systems Engineer
Consultant 5.1%
Manager 3.3%
Engineer 2.8%

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Lead Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.8%

Female

12.6%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

12.4%

Black or African American

11.7%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

French

10.3%

Korean

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

German

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Cheyenne

4.4%

Mandarin

4.4%

Portuguese

4.4%

Russian

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Swedish

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Sanskrit

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Norwegian

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Burmese

1.5%

Malayalam

1.5%
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Lead Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.8%

George Washington University

8.2%

Johns Hopkins University

7.4%

Strayer University

6.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.6%

University of Southern California

5.0%

George Mason University

5.0%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.8%

Purdue University

4.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Drexel University

4.0%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.7%

Southern Methodist University

3.7%

Colorado Technical University

3.7%

Webster University

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.2%

University of Florida

3.2%

University of California - Irvine

2.7%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

15.9%

Computer Science

13.2%

Business

13.1%

Computer Information Systems

8.2%

Mechanical Engineering

7.9%

Information Technology

5.9%

Management

4.8%

Systems Engineering

4.6%

Computer Engineering

4.2%

Information Systems

2.8%

Engineering

2.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Physics

2.2%

Management Information Systems

2.1%

Project Management

1.9%

Aerospace Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Finance

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.5%

Mathematics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.9%

Masters

36.5%

Other

12.7%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

3.4%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Lead Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Systems Engineer Factset Research Systems Inc. Norwalk, CT Jul 13, 2016 $190,133
Lead Engineer, Systems Sojern San Francisco, CA Jul 12, 2015 $165,000
Lead Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Foster City, CA Apr 25, 2015 $163,984 -
$174,095
Lead System Engineer at&T Services, Inc. Middletown, NJ Oct 30, 2016 $161,401
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 24, 2015 $159,875
Lead Engineer, Supply Chain Systems Beachbody, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 19, 2016 $158,002
Lead System Engineer Artech Information Systems LLC Irving, TX Jun 15, 2015 $156,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineering MCI Communications Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 27, 2015 $155,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 06, 2015 $155,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services San Jose, CA Jul 07, 2016 $155,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer MCI Communications Services San Jose, CA Apr 27, 2015 $150,000
Lead Engineer, Supply Chain Systems Beachbody, LLC Santa Monica, CA Jan 12, 2016 $147,900
Lead Engineer-Roof Systems Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2016 $145,000
Lead Systems Consultant-Software Engineer Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC San Jose, CA Aug 29, 2016 $145,000
Smts-System Engineering (Lead System Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Ridgefield, NJ Jul 05, 2016 $127,564
Lead Systems Engineer Williams-Sonoma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 31, 2016 $127,150 -
$178,500
Engineering Lead-Connector Systems Trendsetter Engineering Houston, TX Feb 06, 2016 $126,381
Lead Systems Engineer Revasoft It Solutions, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Oct 30, 2016 $125,220
Lead Systems Engineer Factset Research Systems, Inc. Norwalk, CT Aug 17, 2015 $125,000
Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer Verizon Data Services LLC San Jose, CA Jun 08, 2015 $125,000
Lead AIX Systems Engineer Gap Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jun 24, 2015 $125,000
Lead Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Highlands Ranch, CO Oct 01, 2015 $112,715 -
$151,470
Smts-System Engineering (Lead Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Oct 02, 2015 $112,562
Lead Systems Consultant-S/W ENG (SR. Systems Engineer) Verizon Telematics Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 16, 2015 $111,849
Lead Systems Engineer Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 08, 2015 $110,700
Lead System Engineer Drfirst.com, Inc. Rockville, MD Jan 10, 2016 $110,000
Lead Systems Engineer Inovant, LLC Highlands Ranch, CO Apr 30, 2016 $109,834 -
$151,470
Business Systems Engineering-Lead Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation Roseville, MN May 11, 2016 $108,264 -
$115,000
Lead Distribution Systems Engineer Long Island Electric Utility Servco LLC Hicksville, NY Apr 04, 2016 $108,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Lead Systems Engineer

Average Yearly Salary
$105,000
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$79,000
Min 10%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Median 50%
$141,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
MCI Communications Services Inc
Highest Paying City
Novato, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Lead Systems Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Systems Engineer in the United States is $105,823 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $141,000.

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Top Skills for A Lead Systems Engineer

  1. Windows XP
  2. Systems Engineering
  3. Test Cases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided software administration, installation and maintenance for Windows XP/Vista/7/8 daily.
  • Developed Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP)and associated system engineering procedures including requirements and architecture plans.
  • Created test cases and test plans based on testing requirements for smart phones, functional specifications and feedback from available resources.
  • Accomplished responsibility to configure, administer and support new infrastructure solutions on Microsoft platforms to meet enterprise level requirements.
  • Integrated Agile project management software and infrastructure development methodology with technology acquisition requirements and architecture processes.

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