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Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salary

Average Software Design Engineer in Tests in the United States make around $91K per year. Cash earnings for Software Design Engineer in Tests — including $12K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $64K to $123K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The vast majority (80 percent) of Software Design Engineer in Tests who answered the questionnaire are male. Work is enjoyable for Software Design Engineer in Tests, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,616 - $114,900
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MEDIAN: $90,725
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$24.73 - $67.87
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$63,616 - $114,900  
   
Bonus
$2,528 - $12,469  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$63,607 - $122,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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Hourly Rate
$24.73 - $67.87  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,528 - $12,469  
   
Profit Sharing
$984 - $10,067  
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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$63,607 - $122,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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)


Survey results show that Software Design Engineer in Tests use a fair number of skills. 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 HTML, C, and ASP.NET. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in Microsoft SQL Server. Most people who know C# also know C++ and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Design Engineer in Tests, working in the bustling city of Redmond has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Design Engineer in Tests will also find cushy salaries in Bellevue (+3 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salaries



National Average
$95,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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

Java
up arrow 13%

C#
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%

National Average
$95,000

C++
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 5%

ASP.NET
up arrow 7%

C
up arrow 8%

HTML
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 3%