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Lead Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Lead Test Software Development Engineers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $106K per year on average. Lead Test Software Development Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Lead Test Software Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$78,054 - $130,524
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $105,878
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90%

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$16.94 - $89.40
(Median)
$17
$48
$89
MEDIAN: $47.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,054 - $130,524  
   
Bonus
$993 - $19,836  
Profit Sharing
$7,807 - $10,000  
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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$80,671 - $140,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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Hourly Rate
$16.94 - $89.40  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$993 - $19,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,807 - $10,000  
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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$80,671 - $140,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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 wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C#, C++, .NET, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Test Automation. Most people skilled in C# are similarly competent 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Inexperienced workers earn around $90K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $105K. Lead Test Software Development Engineers see a median salary of $122K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $130K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 16%


National Average
$113,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

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

C#
up arrow 6%

C++
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 2%

National Average
$113,000

Java
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Software Test
up arrow 2%

Test Automation
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 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
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 7%