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Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Salaries for Senior Software Test Development Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. Overall cash earnings of Senior Software Test Development Engineers stretch from $79K near the bottom to $144K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Software Test Development Engineers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Senior Software Test Development Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$78,789 - $130,681
(Median)
79K
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MEDIAN: $106,120
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$29.59 - $76.03
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MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,789 - $130,681  
   
Bonus
$1,939 - $19,693  
Profit Sharing
$1,267 - $20,467  
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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$79,423 - $143,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$29.59 - $76.03  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,939 - $19,693  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,267 - $20,467  
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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$79,423 - $143,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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)


Survey results imply that Senior Software Test Development Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, C#, ASP.NET, and Tcl/Tk are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Linux, and HTML. 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.


For Senior Software Test Development Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $99K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $111K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Software Test Development Engineers bring in $115K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $118K.

Pay Difference by Location


Mountain View offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Software Test Development Engineers, 12 percent above the national average. Senior Software Test Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+10 percent) and Redmond (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 3 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Seattle.

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



National Average
$112,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

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

Test Automation
up arrow 4%

C#
up arrow 3%

ASP.NET
up arrow 2%

Tcl/Tk
up arrow 1%

.NET
0%

National Average
$112,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

UNIX
up arrow 2%

C
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 4%

Python
up arrow 7%

HTML
up arrow 10%

Linux
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 7%