Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Lead Test Software Development Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($105K) annually in the United States. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Men account for the majority of Lead Test Software Development Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. For the most part, Lead Test Software Development Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$80,095 - $130,869

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$16.74 - $88.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$80,095 - $130,869  
   
Bonus
$977 - $19,298  
Profit Sharing
$7,742 - $9,916  
Total Pay (?
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$81,318 - $138,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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Hourly Rate
$16.74 - $88.77  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$977 - $19,298  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,742 - $9,916  
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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$81,318 - $138,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in C++, Java, .NET, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Selenium Automated Test Tool, Test Planning, and Test Automation. For most people, competency in C# indicates knowledge of 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.


For Lead Test Software Development Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The relatively untested earn a median of $92K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $102K. Lead Test Software Development Engineers see a median salary of $120K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $130K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$110,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

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

C++
up arrow 5%

Java
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 4%

C#
up arrow 1%

Software Test
0%

National Average
$110,000

SQL
up arrow 5%

Test Automation
up arrow 11%

Test Planning
up arrow 12%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 9%
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