Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salary

Test Software Development Engineers earn around $84K annually on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in Mountain View, offering approximately $121K at the median. Test Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palo Alto (+35 percent), Santa Clara (+29 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and Redmond (+21 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$55,087 - $117,943
$55K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,512
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50%
90%

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$20.13 - $62.76
$20
$40
$63
MEDIAN: $39.58
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$0$123K
Salary $55,087 - $117,943
Bonus $497 - $12,080
Profit Sharing $489 - $20,196
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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$54,914 - $123,092
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 321
Hourly Data $0$79
Hourly Rate $20.13 - $62.76
Overtime $37.55
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $497 - $12,080
Profit Sharing $489 - $20,196
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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$54,914 - $123,092
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 40

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

  • Automate test cases.
  • Verify fixes.
  • Validate and document completion of testing and development.
  • Find bugs, defects, and regressions.
  • Design, implement, execute and debug information technology test cases and scripts.

Common Career Paths for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


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Though some Test Software Development Engineers move into positions like Senior Software Engineer (where the average salary is $108K), this progression is not the norm. Typical career progression for a Test Software Development Engineer involves becoming a Test Senior Software Development Engineer or a Lead Test Software Development Engineer, roles that pay $20K more and $16K more on average.

Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Job Listings

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


Popular Skills for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)


Test Software Development Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, C, C#, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET, C# Programming Language, and HTML. Most people familiar with .NET also know Test Automation.

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

Pay by Experience for a Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 237 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 50 salaries. A Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 13 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,310

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET)

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

▲26%

▲15%

Late-Career
▲13%

National Average
$87,000

▼8%

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

C++
▲16%

C
▲16%

C#
▲14%

▲13%

UNIX
▲13%

▲9%

Microsoft Word
▲8%

▲5%

Test Automation
▲1%


National Average
$87,000


SQL
▼3%

▼9%


▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 12%