Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

The median salary for Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States is $107K per year, and compared to other cities, Mountain View offers the biggest paychecks at around $142K on average. Senior Software Test Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+12 percent), Redmond (+12 percent), Santa Clara (+11 percent), and Palo Alto (+7 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,677 - $132,503

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$39.74 - $78.61

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$79,677 - $132,503  
   
Bonus
$1,546 - $19,770  
Profit Sharing
$1,745 - $21,124  
Total Pay (?
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$81,053 - $143,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$39.74 - $78.61  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,546 - $19,770  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,745 - $21,124  
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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$81,053 - $143,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, HTML, Java, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like VB.Net, Microsoft Word, and Linux. Most people experienced in .NET also know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $101K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $115K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Test Senior Software Development Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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

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C#
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Test Automation
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ASP.NET
up arrow 2%

.NET
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SQL
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National Average
$113,000

C++
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Microsoft SQL Server
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C
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Python
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 15%

VB.Net
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 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
40%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 8%
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