Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States earn an average of $107K per year, and top pay can be found in Mountain View, where the average is $142K. Senior Software Test Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Redmond (+13 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), Santa Clara (+11 percent), and Palo Alto (+8 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$79,478 - $132,573
(Median)
$79K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $107,158
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$39.13 - $79.46
(Median)
$39
$55
$79
MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$79,478 - $132,573  
   
Bonus
$1,521 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $24,747  
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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$80,741 - $145,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$39.13 - $79.46  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,521 - $19,727  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $24,747  
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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$80,741 - $145,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Job Description for Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

  • 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 Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Senior Software Test Development Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in HTML, UNIX, C#, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like VB.Net, Microsoft Word, and Linux. It is often found that people who know .NET are also skilled in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Software Test Development Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $101K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $113K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Software Test Development Engineers make a median salary of $115K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $118K.

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




National Average
$113,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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

HTML
up arrow 4%

UNIX
up arrow 4%

C#
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

ASP.NET
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 1%

C++
0%

National Average
$113,000

C
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

Python
up arrow 5%

Linux
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 15%

VB.Net
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%
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