Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Lead Test Software Development Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $104K) surpassing six figures annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Lead Test Software Development Engineers are male. For the most part, Lead Test Software Development Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$80,473 - $131,145
(Median)
$80K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $103,888
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90%

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$16.74 - $88.77
(Median)
$17
$45
$89
MEDIAN: $45.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$80,473 - $131,145  
   
Bonus
$993 - $19,774  
Profit Sharing
$8,067  
Total Pay (?
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$81,603 - $137,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.74 - $88.77  
   
Overtime
$46.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$993 - $19,774  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,067  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$81,603 - $137,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Lead software development engineers in test (SDET) are responsible for leading the testing process for software engineering applications. They are in charge of providing technical leadership for the design and implementation of test automation and applications. Lead SDETs convey software concepts to other development staff, as well as non-technical professionals. Additionally, they lead the testing efforts for small cross-functional engineering teams to meet customers' deadlines and requirements. They also write performance test plans and automation for integrated services and clusters. Additionally, lead SDETs work with other information technology (IT) professionals to develop automation-based solutions that comply with all project specifications.

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Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Tasks

  • Find bugs, defects, and regressions.
  • Design, implement, execute and debug information technology test cases and scripts.
  • Validate and document completion of testing and development.
  • Automate test cases.
  • Verify fixes.

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Popular Skills for Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Survey results suggest that Lead Test Software Development Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, Python, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Selenium Automated Test Tool, Test Planning, and Test Automation. Most people who know C# also know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Lead Test Software Development Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $90K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $102K. Lead Test Software Development Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $120K. Lead Test Software Development Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $131K.

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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%


National Average
$109,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

Java
up arrow 7%

C++
up arrow 6%

.NET
up arrow 5%

Python
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 3%

Software Test
up arrow 1%

SQL
0%

National Average
$109,000

Test Automation
up arrow 10%

Test Planning
up arrow 11%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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