Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Lead Test Software Development Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $102K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. For the most part, Lead Test Software Development Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$82,772 - $132,034
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MEDIAN: $101,720
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Salary $82,772 - $132,034
Bonus $1,017 - $20,482
Profit Sharing $5,500
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$84,794 - $138,537
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 51

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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)


Survey results imply that Lead Test Software Development Engineers deploy a deep pool 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 21 percent, 18 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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: $102,958

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

With a pay rate for Lead Test Software Development Engineers that is 6 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 5 percent below the national average.

Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)?

Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) in Portland:
"College classes give you breadth, not depth."
You can always figure things out with the right keywords and Google, but understanding concepts requires reading blog posts and books by respected members of the field. Make sure you use these great resources to stay up to date on testing and software development practices or you'll find yourself outdated or just making tons of mistakes.

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

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
63%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

Late-Career
▲36%

▲13%

National Average
$103,000

▼4%

Entry-Level
▼13%

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

▲21%

Python
▲18%

C++
▲12%

SQL
▲12%

.NET
▲11%

C#
▲9%

Software Test
▲7%

National Average
$103,000

Test Automation
▼1%

C# Programming Language
▼3%

Test Planning
▼5%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
63%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 10%
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