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Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

The median salary for Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States is approximately $106K annually, but employers pay the most in Mountain View, offering around $142K on average. Senior Software Test Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+14 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), Santa Clara (+10 percent), and Bellevue (+5 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$78,912 - $131,866
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$79K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $105,762
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$32.50 - $74.00
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$74
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$78,912 - $131,866  
   
Bonus
$1,923 - $19,670  
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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$79,773 - $145,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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Hourly Rate
$32.50 - $74.00  
   
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,923 - $19,670  
   
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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$79,773 - $145,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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 seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C#, Test Automation, ASP.NET, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include VB.Net, Microsoft Word, and Linux. Most people skilled in .NET are similarly competent 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.


Senior Software Test Development Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $100K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $112K. Senior Software Test Development Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $115K. As Senior Software Test Development Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $118K.

Pay Difference by Location

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




National Average
$112,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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

C#
up arrow 4%

Test Automation
up arrow 4%

ASP.NET
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 2%

UNIX
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 1%

Java
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$112,000

C
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 6%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 6%

Python
up arrow 9%

Linux
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

VB.Net
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%
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