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Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States earn an average of $105K annually; salaries are particularly strong in Mountain View, where workers earn around $142K. Senior Software Test Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+13 percent), Redmond (+12 percent), Bellevue (+5 percent), and San Francisco (+3 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$78,524 - $131,770
(Median)
$79K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $104,979
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$33.94 - $76.98
(Median)
$34
$54
$77
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,524 - $131,770  
   
Bonus
$1,923 - $19,574  
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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$79,402 - $145,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$33.94 - $76.98  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,923 - $19,574  
   
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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$79,402 - $145,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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)


Survey takers working as Senior Software Test Development Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, C#, ASP.NET, and Tcl/Tk are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Linux, and Python. Those familiar with .NET also tend to 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $100K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $111K. Senior Software Test Development Engineers bring in $114K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $117K.

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



National Average
$112,000


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

C#
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Test Automation
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ASP.NET
up arrow 3%

Tcl/Tk
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 1%

C++
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UNIX
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Java
0%

National Average
$112,000

C
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SQL
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HTML
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Python
up arrow 8%

Linux
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 6%