Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salary

Software Design Engineer in Tests in the United States pull down an average of $92K annually. Total cash compensation for Software Design Engineer in Tests runs from $63K to $124K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. For the most part, Software Design Engineer in Tests enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (82 percent) of Software Design Engineer in Tests who answered the questionnaire are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$61,827 - $116,586
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$62K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,714
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$24.73 - $67.87
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$39
$68
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,827 - $116,586  
   
Bonus
$2,540 - $12,430  
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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$62,938 - $123,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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Hourly Rate
$24.73 - $67.87  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,540 - $12,430  
   
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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$62,938 - $123,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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)


Survey results suggest that Software Design Engineer in Tests put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Java, C#, .NET, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include ASP.NET, C, and HTML. Those proficient in .NET are, more often than not, also skilled in C++ and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay Difference by Location


Redmond is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Design Engineer in Tests, 11 percent higher than the national average. Software Design Engineer in Tests will also find cushy salaries in Bellevue (+4 percent). Seattle is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent.

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Experience Affects Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salaries



National Average
$96,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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

Java
up arrow 13%

C#
up arrow 5%

.NET
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

National Average
$96,000

C++
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 8%

C
up arrow 9%

ASP.NET
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
44%
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%