Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Senior Software Test Development Engineers earn around $113K annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in Mountain View, offering approximately $142K at the median. Senior Software Test Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Santa Clara (+11 percent), San Jose (+10 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$85,526 - $136,736
$86K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $113,268
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90%

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$46.26 - $66.06
$58
MEDIAN: $58.46
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$0$145K
Salary $85,526 - $136,736
Bonus $4,932 - $14,295
Profit Sharing $10,000
Total Pay (?
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$87,586 - $145,031
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 93
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $58.46
Overtime $51.25
Annual Data $0$145K
Bonus $4,932 - $14,295
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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$87,586 - $145,031
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

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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

  • 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.

Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Job Listings

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


Although Microsoft Corp offers the highest salaries (median pay is $131K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $111K to $153K.

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 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Linux, and C# Programming Language. Most people who know .NET also 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: $117,714

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

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
49%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
6%
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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%


▲4%

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 8%
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