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Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Test Software Development Engineers earn around $92K per year on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in Mountain View, offering approximately $116K at the median. Test Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+15 percent), Redmond (+10 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Bellevue (+5 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$62,734 - $114,286
(Median)
$63K
$92K
$110K
MEDIAN: $91,671
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$22.30 - $53.08
(Median)
$22
$39
$53
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,734 - $114,286  
   
Bonus
$997 - $12,816  
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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$62,832 - $121,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 560
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.30 - $53.08  
   
Overtime
$26.49 - $66.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$997 - $12,816  
   
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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$62,832 - $121,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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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Moving into a Test Senior Software Development Engineer position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $106K annually. A Lead Test Software Development Engineer role is the most common promotion for Test Software Development Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $103K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Test Software Development Engineers is a Software Development Engineer position, where earnings are usually $92K.

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


Test Software Development Engineers will find the worst pay at Amazon.com Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $98K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $121K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Survey takers working as Test Software Development Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft SQL Server, C#, C, and C++ 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. 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.


Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $87K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $103K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Test Software Development Engineers make a median salary of $103K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $101K by contrast.

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

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 92 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
16%
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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