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Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salary

Software Design Engineer in Tests in the United States pull down an average of $92K per year. In the world of Software Design Engineer in Tests, total cash compensation can vary between $64K and $124K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $10K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Software Design Engineer in Tests like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Software Design Engineer in Tests far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$62,977 - $116,987
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$63K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,304
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$24.73 - $67.87
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,977 - $116,987  
   
Bonus
$2,528 - $12,469  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,033  
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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$63,747 - $123,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.73 - $67.87  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,528 - $12,469  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,033  
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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$63,747 - $123,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Java, C#, .NET, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like C, HTML, and ASP.NET. Most people experienced in .NET also know C++ and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Design Engineer in Tests, busy Redmond offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Software Design Engineer in Tests will also find cushy salaries in Bellevue (+3 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Seattle is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salaries



National Average
$97,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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

Java
up arrow 12%

C#
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

National Average
$97,000

C++
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 6%

ASP.NET
up arrow 8%

C
up arrow 9%

HTML
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 4%
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