"hardware," "engineering support," and "architecture" aren't the only skills we found lead systems engineers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of lead systems engineer responsibilities that we found, including:
We've found that 66.2% of lead systems engineers have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 19.1% earned their master's degrees before becoming a lead systems engineer. While it's true that most lead systems engineers have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every nine lead systems engineers did not spend the extra money to attend college.
The lead systems engineers who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied electrical engineering and computer science, while a small population of lead systems engineers studied mechanical engineering and business.
Once you're ready to become a lead systems engineer, you should explore the companies that typically hire lead systems engineers. According to lead systems engineer resumes that we searched through, lead systems engineers are hired the most by General Dynamics, Boeing, and Harris. Currently, General Dynamics has 199 lead systems engineer job openings, while there are 106 at Boeing and 43 at Harris.
Since salary is important to some lead systems engineers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Salesforce, Zynga, and Cox Enterprises. If you were to take a closer look at Salesforce, you'd find that the average lead systems engineer salary is $145,187. Then at Zynga, lead systems engineers receive an average salary of $145,121, while the salary at Cox Enterprises is $142,777.
We also looked into companies who hire lead systems engineers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Lockheed Martin, Infosys Public Services, and Raytheon Company.
In general, lead systems engineers fulfill roles in the technology and finance industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the lead systems engineer annual salary is the highest in the retail industry with $122,681 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the automotive and manufacturing industries pay $116,762 and $99,137 respectively. This means that lead systems engineers who are employed in the retail industry make 28.5% more than lead systems engineers who work in the technology Industry.