Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States earn an average of $106K annually, and top pay can be found in Mountain View, where the average is $142K. Senior Software Test Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+14 percent), San Jose (+13 percent), Santa Clara (+12 percent), and Palo Alto (+8 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$78,738 - $132,128
(Median)
$79K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $106,122
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$34.25 - $69.45
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$34
$55
$69
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,738 - $132,128  
   
Bonus
$1,507 - $19,770  
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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$79,542 - $144,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 346
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$34.25 - $69.45  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,507 - $19,770  
   
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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$79,542 - $144,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C#, UNIX, ASP.NET, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include VB.Net, Microsoft Word, and Linux. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $101K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $114K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Test Senior Software Development Engineer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $118K on average.

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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#
up arrow 4%

ASP.NET
up arrow 3%

UNIX
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 1%

Java
0%

National Average
$112,000

C
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

Python
up arrow 6%

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
43%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%
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