Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Median pay for Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States comes out to approximately $109K annually, but employers in Mountain View pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $142K. Senior Software Test Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+12 percent), Santa Clara (+12 percent), Redmond (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$80,471 - $134,224
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MEDIAN: $109,458
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$39.74 - $78.61
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MEDIAN: $55.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$80,471 - $134,224  
   
Bonus
$1,943 - $19,981  
Profit Sharing
$1,745 - $21,124  
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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$81,986 - $146,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$39.74 - $78.61  
   
Overtime
$35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,943 - $19,981  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,745 - $21,124  
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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$81,986 - $146,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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 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)


Survey results imply that Senior Software Test Development Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Selenium Automated Test Tool, HTML, Java, and ASP.NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Linux, and Microsoft SQL Server. 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Annually raking in $104K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. Senior Software Test Development Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $117K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $119K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $114,741

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




National Average
$115,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 11%

HTML
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 4%

ASP.NET
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 3%

UNIX
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 2%

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Python
0%

National Average
$115,000

.NET
up arrow 1%

C
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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