Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Average pay for a Lead Test Software Development Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $106K per year. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction for Lead Test Software Development Engineers is high. Lead Test Software Development Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$80,757 - $131,934
(Median)
$81K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,222
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$16.74 - $88.77
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$17
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$89
MEDIAN: $45.00
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Salary
$80,757 - $131,934  
   
Bonus
$988 - $19,780  
Profit Sharing
$7,742 - $9,916  
Total Pay (?
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$81,567 - $141,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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$16.74 - $88.77  
   
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$988 - $19,780  
   
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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$81,567 - $141,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C#, C++, Java, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Selenium Automated Test Tool and SQL. It is often found that people who know C# are also skilled 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.


Lead Test Software Development Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $91K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $105K. Lead Test Software Development Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $121K. 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 $130K.

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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 19%

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

C#
up arrow 5%

C++
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 2%

National Average
$112,000

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

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
11%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 9%
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