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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$62,632 - $114,376
(Median)
$63K
$92K
$110K
MEDIAN: $92,213
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90%

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$21.14 - $53.00
(Median)
$21
$39
$53
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,632 - $114,376  
   
Bonus
$990 - $13,031  
Profit Sharing
$980 - $12,196  
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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$62,586 - $121,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 575
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.14 - $53.00  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$990 - $13,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$980 - $12,196  
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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$62,586 - $121,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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 may enjoy increased earnings if they become Senior Software Test Development Engineers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Test Senior Software Development Engineer earn a slightly higher median of $106K annually. 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)


Amazon.com Inc offers the least pay with a median salary of $98K; furthermore, salaries there max out 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, Test Automation, C, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Those listing Microsoft Word as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Selenium Automated Test Tool and Python also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of 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.


Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $87K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $103K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $103K in this role. For some reason, Test Software Development Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$96,000


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



C#
up arrow 4%

C++
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C
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.NET
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HTML
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ASP.NET
0%

UNIX
0%

National Average
$96,000

SQL
up arrow 3%

Java
up arrow 4%

Linux
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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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