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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 $116K. Test Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+15 percent), Redmond (+9 percent), Bellevue (+4 percent), and New York (+2 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$63,235 - $114,453
(Median)
$63K
$92K
$110K
MEDIAN: $91,736
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$21.77 - $52.94
(Median)
$22
$39
$53
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,235 - $114,453  
   
Bonus
$1,004 - $12,828  
Profit Sharing
$977 - $12,294  
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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$63,400 - $121,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 554
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.77 - $52.94  
   
Overtime
$26.49 - $66.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,004 - $12,828  
   
Profit Sharing
$977 - $12,294  
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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$63,400 - $121,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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 transition into upper-level roles like Test Senior Software Development Engineer, for which the average compensation is $106K per year. Going from Test Software Development Engineer to Lead Test Software Development Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $103K. Many others choose to work as Software Development Engineers, where pay is typically $92K.

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


Employees at Amazon.com Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $98K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $72K and quickly nearing the top at only $121K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Survey results imply that Test Software Development Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft SQL Server, C#, C, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Those listing Microsoft Word as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Python and Selenium Automated Test Tool also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know .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.


Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $87K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $103K. Test Software Development Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $102K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$95,000


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


C#
up arrow 4%

Test Automation
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C
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C++
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.NET
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HTML
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ASP.NET
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National Average
$95,000

UNIX
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Java
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SQL
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Linux
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%