Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salary

Earnings for Software Design Engineer in Tests in the United States come in at around $96K annually on average. In the world of Software Design Engineer in Tests, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $63K and $126K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Software Design Engineer in Tests is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Software Design Engineer in Tests (86 percent) who took the survey. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$61,363 - $118,959
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$61K
$96K
$120K
MEDIAN: $95,792
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$28.91 - $58.73
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$29
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$59
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,363 - $118,959  
   
Bonus
$2,424 - $13,178  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $8,000  
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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$62,621 - $126,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.91 - $58.73  
   
Overtime
$63.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,424 - $13,178  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $8,000  
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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$62,621 - $126,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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Job Description for Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET)

  • Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
  • Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.
  • Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
  • Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.

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Popular Skills for Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, Java, C#, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, HTML, and C. It is not unusual for someone who knows .NET to be familiar with C# as well.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,847

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

Redmond is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Design Engineer in Tests, 12 percent higher than the national average. Software Design Engineer in Tests will also find cushy salaries in Bellevue (+3 percent). Seattle is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.

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Experience Affects Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salaries



National Average
$97,000


Skills That Affect Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salaries

Test Automation
up arrow 17%

Java
up arrow 15%

C#
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 3%

National Average
$97,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

Python
up arrow 2%

C++
up arrow 6%

ASP.NET
up arrow 8%

C
up arrow 9%

SQL
up arrow 12%

HTML
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
47%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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