Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Average pay for Lead Test Software Development Engineers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($106K). Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The vast majority (85 percent) of Lead Test Software Development Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction for Lead Test Software Development Engineers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$80,472 - $131,779
(Median)
$80K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,392
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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
$80,472 - $131,779  
   
Bonus
$990 - $19,762  
Profit Sharing
$7,742 - $9,916  
Total Pay (?
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$81,475 - $141,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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Hourly Rate
$16.74 - $88.77  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$990 - $19,762  
   
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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$81,475 - $141,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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)


Lead Test Software Development Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C#, Test Automation, C++, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Selenium Automated Test Tool and SQL. Most people skilled in C# are similarly competent in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $90K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $106K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $120K in this role. 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 16%


National Average
$112,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

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

C#
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 3%

Test Automation
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 2%

National Average
$112,000

Software Test
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 5%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 9%
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