Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Test Software Development Engineers in the United States earn an average of $85K per year; salaries are particularly strong in Mountain View, where workers earn around $121K. Test Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+33 percent), Santa Clara (+27 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Redmond (+19 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$56,462 - $115,679
$56K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,220
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50%
90%

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$24.24 - $61.54
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MEDIAN: $41.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,462 - $115,679  
   
Bonus
$494.35 - $14,415  
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $20,045  
Total Pay (?
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$56,571 - $120,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.24 - $61.54  
   
Overtime
$69.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$494.35 - $14,415  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $20,045  
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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$56,571 - $120,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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Job Description for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Software development engineers, test (usually abbreviated as SDETs), are software developers working inside the testing team. He or she has full access to code and carries a variety of responsibilities. One of the key things that sets the SDET apart is his or her access to code; he or she actively participates in debugging and altering code as necessary. In this capacity, at times, the SDET almost assumes something of a hybrid role between the developers and the testers.

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Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Tasks

  • Automate test cases.
  • Verify fixes.
  • Validate and document completion of testing and development.
  • Find bugs, defects, and regressions.
  • Design, implement, execute and debug information technology test cases and scripts.

Common Career Paths for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


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Test Software Development Engineers who advance into the role of a Senior Software Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Software Engineers on average earn $108K per year. Typical career progression for a Test Software Development Engineer involves becoming a Test Senior Software Development Engineer or a Lead Test Software Development Engineer, roles that pay $19K more and $14K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Survey results imply that Test Software Development Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in C++, C, C#, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET, C# Programming Language, and HTML. Most people who know .NET also know Test Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Pay by Experience for a Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 237 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 50 salaries. A Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 13 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,879

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Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)?

Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) in Seattle:
"I like the challenge."
Pros: I get to write code, test hypotheses, and identify problems. It's a seller's market for SDET skills.
Cons: It's difficult to keep current with constantly-changing technology (but, that is also part of the appeal).

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Key Stats for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

▲25%

▲14%

Late-Career
▲12%

National Average
$88,000

▼9%

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

C++
▲15%

C
▲15%

C#
▲14%

▲12%

UNIX
▲12%

▲9%

Microsoft Word
▲7%

▲5%

Test Automation
▼0%

National Average
$88,000



SQL
▼4%

▼9%


▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 10%