"systems engineering," "architecture," and "infrastructure" 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:
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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 Deloitte, Centene, and L3Harris. Currently, Deloitte has 181 lead systems engineer job openings, while there are 99 at Centene and 87 at L3Harris.
Since salary is important to some lead systems engineers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Meta, Google, and Cloudflare. If you were to take a closer look at Meta, you'd find that the average lead systems engineer salary is $192,761. Then at Google, lead systems engineers receive an average salary of $178,580, while the salary at Cloudflare is $171,476.
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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, Raytheon Technologies, and General Dynamics.
In general, lead systems engineers fulfill roles in the technology and transportation industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the lead systems engineer annual salary is the highest in the automotive industry with $123,397 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the manufacturing and finance industries pay $114,647 and $109,577 respectively. This means that lead systems engineers who are employed in the automotive industry make 16.7% more than lead systems engineers who work in the transportation Industry.