Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Median pay for Test Software Development Engineers in the United States is around $92K annually, but employers in Mountain View offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $114K. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$62,921 - $115,018

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$21.21 - $52.92

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,921 - $115,018  
   
Bonus
$985 - $12,934  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $12,507  
Total Pay (?
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$62,776 - $121,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 570
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.21 - $52.92  
   
Overtime
$26.39 - $66.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$985 - $12,934  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $12,507  
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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$62,776 - $121,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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

  • 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.

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


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Test Software Development Engineers often end up in upper-level roles like Test Senior Software Development Engineer. Senior Software Test Development Engineers bring home $106K annually on average. A Lead Test Software Development Engineer role is the most common promotion for Test Software Development Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $102K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Test Software Development Engineers is a Software Development Engineer position, where earnings are usually $93K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Amazon.com Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $99K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $72K to $121K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Survey takers working as Test Software Development Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft SQL Server, Test Automation, C, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Those listing Microsoft Word as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Selenium Automated Test Tool and Linux also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in .NET also know Test Automation.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $87K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $103K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $103K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Test Software Development Engineers report making only $101K on average.

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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$96,000


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



C#
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C
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C++
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HTML
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.NET
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ASP.NET
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UNIX
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National Average
$96,000

SQL
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Java
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%
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