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Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Median pay for Test Software Development Engineers in the United States comes out to approximately $92K annually, but employers in Mountain View pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $116K. Test Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+15 percent), Redmond (+10 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Bellevue (+5 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$63,022 - $114,390
(Median)
$63K
$92K
$110K
MEDIAN: $91,686
10%
50%
90%

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$21.97 - $52.83
(Median)
$22
$38
$53
MEDIAN: $38.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,022 - $114,390  
   
Bonus
$995 - $12,852  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $12,396  
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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$63,060 - $121,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 554
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.97 - $52.83  
   
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
$995 - $12,852  
   
Profit Sharing
$974 - $12,396  
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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$63,060 - $121,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64

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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 advance their careers by becoming Senior Software Test Development Engineers, who report a slightly higher median income of $106K. 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 $103K 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 $92K.

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Salaries are easily beat at Amazon.com Inc, where median pay comes to just $98K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $72K and ending at $121K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 6 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. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $87K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $102K. Test Software Development Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $102K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $101K on average.

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 5%

C
up arrow 5%

Test Automation
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

ASP.NET
up arrow 2%

National Average
$95,000

UNIX
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Java
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 4%


up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 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: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 8%
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