Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States earn an average of $110K 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 San Francisco (+15 percent), Santa Clara (+14 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), and Palo Alto (+5 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$79,384 - $135,042
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$79K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $110,487
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$40.85 - $78.30
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$41
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$78
MEDIAN: $62.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$79,384 - $135,042  
   
Bonus
$1,952 - $17,000  
Profit Sharing
$15,000  
Total Pay (?
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$80,934 - $142,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$40.85 - $78.30  
   
Overtime
$36.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,952 - $17,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$15,000  
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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$80,934 - $142,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Job Description for Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

All complex software and related applications have bugs when the code is originally written. Software development engineers of testing (SDET) are responsible for not only testing software as it is created, but also helping to create code and frameworks for automated testing. Senior SDETs typically supervise and manage a team of SDETs and provide project outlines, schedules, and benchmarks for the team keep software design processes on-schedule and within deadlines. Senior SDETs also have hiring and performance-review responsibilities, help to budget resources across the SDET team, and report progress to the design and development project managers.

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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.

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


Although the highest salaries can be found at Microsoft Corp where median pay is $131K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $111K and $153K.

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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Python, C++ Programming Language, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word and C# Programming Language. 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.


Annually raking in $107K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Senior Software Test Development Engineers bring in $115K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Software Test Development Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $124K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,296

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

Late-Career
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National Average
$115,000

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

Python
up arrow 11%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 9%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 6%

Java
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SQL
up arrow 4%

UNIX
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C++
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ASP.NET
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Test Automation
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C programming Language
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C#
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National Average
$115,000

C
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.NET
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C# Programming Language
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
47%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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