Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Lead Test Software Development Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $101K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Male Lead Test Software Development Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$82,454 - $131,044
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MEDIAN: $100,688
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$1,030 - $20,134  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
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$82,882 - $135,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64

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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

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

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


Lead Test Software Development Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Java, Python, and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 20 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Selenium Automated Test Tool and Test Planning. Most people familiar with C# also know Java.

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

Pay by Experience for a Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) has a positive trend. An entry-level Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 38 salaries. A Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $140,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,501

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Lead Test Software Development Engineers, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 8 percent above the national average. In Chicago, salaries are 3 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

Late-Career
▲38%

▲15%

National Average
$102,000

▼3%

Entry-Level
▼12%

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

▲23%

Python
▲20%

C++
▲14%

SQL
▲14%

.NET
▲13%

C#
▲11%

Software Test
▲8%

Test Automation
▼0%

National Average
$102,000

C# Programming Language
▼1%

Test Planning
▼4%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 12%