Median pay for Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States is around $110K annually, but employers in Mountain View offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $142K. Senior Software Test Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+14 percent), Santa Clara (+12 percent), San Jose (+11 percent), and Palo Alto (+5 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$80,099 - $135,406
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MEDIAN: $109,903
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$45.62 - $78.91
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$80,099 - $135,406  
   
Bonus
$2,959 - $17,232  
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
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$81,575 - $144,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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$45.62 - $78.91  
   
Overtime
$38.07  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,959 - $17,232  
   
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
Total Pay (?
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$81,575 - $144,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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)


Employees at Microsoft Corp enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $131K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $111K and higher ones not far away at only $153K.

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


Senior Software Test Development Engineers seem to exploit a large range 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 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, C# Programming Language, and .NET. Most people familiar with .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.


Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $110K per year. Senior Software Test Development Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $113K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,981

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

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
50%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries


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$116,000



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

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 11%

Python
up arrow 10%

Java
up arrow 5%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
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SQL
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ASP.NET
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C++
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C#
up arrow 1%


C programming Language
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National Average
$116,000

C
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C# Programming Language
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
50%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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