Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

On average, Lead Test Software Development Engineers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($104K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Career length 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. The majority of Lead Test Software Development Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Lead Test Software Development Engineers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$80,473 - $131,145
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$80K
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$130K
MEDIAN: $103,888
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$16.74 - $88.77
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$89
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$80,473 - $131,145  
   
Bonus
$993 - $19,774  
Profit Sharing
$8,067  
Total Pay (?
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$81,603 - $137,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.74 - $88.77  
   
Overtime
$46.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$993 - $19,774  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,067  
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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$81,603 - $137,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, Python, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Selenium Automated Test Tool, Test Planning, and Test Automation. Those familiar with C# also tend to know 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. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $90K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $102K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $120K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $131K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 20%


National Average
$109,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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

Java
up arrow 7%

C++
up arrow 6%

.NET
up arrow 5%

Python
up arrow 5%

C#
up arrow 3%

Software Test
up arrow 1%

SQL
0%

National Average
$109,000

Test Automation
up arrow 10%

Test Planning
up arrow 11%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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