Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States earn an average of $112K 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 San Francisco (+15 percent), Santa Clara (+11 percent), San Jose (+10 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$81,908 - $136,134
$82K
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MEDIAN: $111,658
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$45.62 - $78.91
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MEDIAN: $62.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$81,908 - $136,134  
   
Bonus
$2,959 - $20,272  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$83,422 - $143,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$45.62 - $78.91  
   
Overtime
$51.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,959 - $20,272  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$83,422 - $143,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Senior software development engineers of testing, commonly abbreviated "SDETs," are typically employed by database companies and other companies in the tech industry to identify and fix bugs in companies' computer codes. While some of this debugging is performed by hand, a significant portion of this work is devoted to designing and building automated testing tools and systems which, when implemented, are capable of automatically debugging test cases. After a script is debugged, senior SDETs then provide test documentation and validate the script's completion.

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Senior 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 Employer Salaries for Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Pay for Senior Software Test Development Engineers is best at Microsoft Corp, which offers a median salary of $131K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $111K to $153K.

Popular Skills for Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Survey results imply that Senior Software Test Development Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++ Programming Language, Python, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Linux, and C# Programming Language. Those familiar with .NET also tend to know SQL.

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

Pay by Experience for a Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 25 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 51 salaries. A Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $135,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,701

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

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
49%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

▲15%

National Average
$118,000

▼1%

▼3%

Entry-Level
▼5%

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


▲8%

▲5%


SQL
▲3%

▲2%

C++
▲1%

▲1%

Test Automation
▼0%

National Average
$118,000

C#
▼1%

C
▼3%

▼11%


Linux
▼15%

Microsoft Word
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
49%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 9%