Mid-Career Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Mid-Career Senior Software Test Development Engineers can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $113K) surpassing six figures annually. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Mid-Career Senior Software Test Development Engineers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Mid-Career Senior Software Test Development Engineers (82 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$81,647 - $135,981
$82K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $112,630
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90%

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$47.50 - $63.98
$60
MEDIAN: $59.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$81,647 - $135,981  
   
Bonus
$3,020 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$82,299 - $142,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$59.99  
   
Overtime
$67.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,020 - $29,361  
   
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$82,299 - $142,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $116,730

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For Mid-Career Senior Software Test Development Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Mid-Career Senior Software Test Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+12 percent), San Jose (+9 percent), Redmond (+6 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Bellevue, which sits 1 percent below the national average.

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

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
5-9 years
80%
10-19 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Senior Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

C++ Programming Language
▲13%

Java
▲9%

Python
▲9%

C++
▲6%

HTML
▲6%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
▲5%

ASP.NET
▲4%

SQL
▲4%

Test Automation
▼0%

C
▼0%

National Average
$117,000

C#
▼2%

▼14%

C# Programming Language
▼15%

Microsoft Word
▼17%

Microsoft SQL Server
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 4%