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Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

The median salary for Test Software Development Engineers in the United States is approximately $91K per year, but employers pay the most in Mountain View, offering around $116K on average. Test Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+16 percent) and New York (+6 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$63,187 - $113,176
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MEDIAN: $90,960
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Salary
$63,187 - $113,176  
   
Bonus
$1,016 - $12,249  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $12,294  
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$63,595 - $120,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 545
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$20.93 - $52.94  
   
Overtime
$26.39 - $66.56  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,016 - $12,249  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $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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$63,595 - $120,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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 tend to move into Test Senior Software Development Engineer roles, where pay is $106K per year on average. Becoming a Lead Test Software Development Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Test Software Development Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $102K. Another frequent advance is for Test Software Development Engineers to assume a Software Development Engineer role; in this role, workers often earn $92K.

Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Job Listings

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


The lowest salaries can be found at Amazon.com Inc — median pay is $97K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $71K and only reaching $119K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Test Software Development Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, C#, Microsoft SQL Server, and C are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Word as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Python and Java also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in C# also know Test Automation and Java. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of Java.

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

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $87K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $102K. Test Software Development Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $100K. Test Software Development Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $104K.

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Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$95,000


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


C#
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C
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Microsoft SQL Server
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C++
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.NET
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HTML
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$95,000

Selenium Automated Test Tool
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ASP.NET
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Linux
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UNIX
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Java
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SQL
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Python
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 7%