Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

The average salary for Test Software Development Engineers in the United States is $94K per year, and pay runs especially high in Mountain View, where the average is $121K. Test Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+21 percent), New York (+11 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and San Jose (+8 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$62,937 - $117,874
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MEDIAN: $94,286
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$19.73 - $52.92
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,937 - $117,874  
   
Bonus
$766 - $13,923  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,000  
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$62,347 - $125,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 629
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.73 - $52.92  
   
Overtime
$26.12 - $50.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$766 - $13,923  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,000  
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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$62,347 - $125,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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Many Test Software Development Engineers transition into upper-level Test Senior Software Development Engineer positions. Senior Software Test Development Engineers earn a median of $107K per year. As Test Software Development Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Lead Test Software Development Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $102K per year. Another common career choice for Test Software Development Engineers is to move into a Software Development Engineer role. Typically, Software Development Engineers get paid $94K.

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Pay for Test Software Development Engineers is the lowest at Amazon.com Inc, which has a median salary of $102K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $123K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Test Software Development Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, C, HTML, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Selenium Automated Test Tool, Linux, and Java. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $88K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $105K. Test Software Development Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $109K. 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 $104K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,987

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Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries



Late-Career
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National Average
$97,000


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

C++
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C
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HTML
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C#
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Test Automation
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Microsoft SQL Server
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ASP.NET
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UNIX
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.NET
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National Average
$97,000

Python
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Microsoft Word
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Java
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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