$86,666
Avg. Salary
$38.77
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$5,204

Bonus

$3,020

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) is $38.77 per hour.

The median Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) has a base pay of $86,666. Salaries generally range from $58k to $120k. The median bonus is $5,204. Skills that can affect salary include C#, Test Automation, Java, Selenium Automated Test Tool, C++, C# Programming Language, C, ASP.NET, Python, Test Planning, SQL, .NET, UNIX, Microsoft Word, HTML.
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$38.77
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$59.13
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MEDIAN $38.77
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90%
MEDIAN $86,666
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MEDIAN: $86,666
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$0$124K
Salary $57,731 - $120,275
Bonus $997 - $14,398
Profit Sharing $979 - $22,510
Total Pay (?
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$56,406 - $124,929
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 711
Hourly Data $0$69
Hourly Rate $20.13 - $59.13
Overtime $37.55
Annual Data $0$124K
Bonus $997 - $14,398
Profit Sharing $979 - $22,510
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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$56,406 - $124,929
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 82

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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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.

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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: $88,483

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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 96 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Salaries

▲25%

▲13%

Late-Career
▲12%

National Average
$88,000

▼9%

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

C++
▲14%

C
▲14%

C#
▲13%

UNIX
▲12%

▲11%

▲8%

Microsoft Word
▲6%

▲4%

National Average
$88,000

Test Automation
▼1%



SQL
▼4%

▼10%


▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 11%