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The average salary for a Lead Systems Engineer is $103,088.
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$77k - $141k
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$2 - $27k
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$77k - $146k

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Job Description for Lead Systems Engineer

Lead Systems Engineer Tasks
  • Oversee the planning, design and implementation of system engineering projects.
  • Provide technical direction in-line with business goals.
  • Train, mentor, and support systems engineers.
  • Install, configure and upgrade and enhancements to software/hardware/network systems.

Job Satisfaction for Lead Systems Engineer

3.6 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Lead Systems Engineer are from the companies General Electric (GE) Healthcare, General Electric Co (GE) and The MITRE Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at The MITRE Corporation where the average pay is $135,964. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corp, earning around $133,387 and $117,966, respectively. Raytheon Co. pays the lowest at around $72,352. General Electric Co (GE) and General Electric (GE) Healthcare also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $94,158 and $95,978, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lead Systems Engineer

Skills in Systems Engineering, Requirements Analysis and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Engineering Design and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Systems Engineer

An early career Lead Systems Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $84,100 based on 76 salaries. A mid-career Lead Systems Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $98,101 based on 151 salaries. An experienced Lead Systems Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $112,077 based on 214 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $121,554.
Employees with Lead Systems Engineer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 25.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (22.9% more) and Chicago, Illinois (11.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Huntsville, Alabama (8.5% less).

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