Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Median pay for Test Software Development Engineers in the United States is around $85K per year, but employers in Mountain View offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $121K. Test Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+35 percent), Santa Clara (+29 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), and Redmond (+20 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$54,673 - $116,188
$55K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,594
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90%

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$19.57 - $61.08
$20
$41
$61
MEDIAN: $40.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,673 - $116,188  
   
Bonus
$486.45 - $14,354  
Profit Sharing
$1,788 - $19,908  
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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$54,390 - $121,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $61.08  
   
Overtime
$53.25  
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
$486.45 - $14,354  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,788 - $19,908  
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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$54,390 - $121,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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. It is quite typical for Test Software Development Engineers to transition into roles as Senior Software Test Development Engineers or Lead Test Software Development Engineers, where reported median earnings are $20K and $15K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Test Software Development Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, C, C#, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like .NET, C# Programming Language, and HTML. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in 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: $86,752

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

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
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

▲27%

▲16%

Late-Career
▲14%

National Average
$87,000

▼8%

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

C++
▲17%

C
▲17%

C#
▲15%

UNIX
▲14%

▲13%

▲10%

Microsoft Word
▲9%

▲6%

Test Automation
▲1%


National Average
$87,000


SQL
▼2%

▼8%


▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 11%
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