Lead Test Software Development Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $101K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. It's worth noting that most people in this role find their work both fulfilling and enjoyable. The vast majority of Lead Test Software Development Engineers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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$1,927 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
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$81,876 - $136,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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 Python, Java, and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Selenium Automated Test Tool and Test Planning. For most people, competency in C# indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $92K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $99K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $120K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $140K.

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

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
051
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%


National Average
$103,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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

Python
up arrow 21%

Java
up arrow 17%

C++
up arrow 12%

.NET
up arrow 11%

C#
up arrow 9%

Software Test
up arrow 6%

SQL
up arrow 3%

National Average
$103,000

C# Programming Language
up arrow 2%

Test Automation
up arrow 3%

Test Planning
up arrow 6%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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