Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Salary

Software Design Engineer in Tests in the United States can expect wages of $94K per year on average. Cash earnings for Software Design Engineer in Tests — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $63K to approximately $124K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. There are far more male Software Design Engineer in Tests survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$62,433 - $117,679
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$62K
$94K
$120K
MEDIAN: $93,863
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$28.91 - $51.52
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$29
$39
$52
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,433 - $117,679  
   
Bonus
$2,489 - $12,423  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $9,787  
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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$63,356 - $124,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$28.91 - $51.52  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,489 - $12,423  
   
Profit Sharing
$984 - $9,787  
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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$63,356 - $124,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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 results imply that Software Design Engineer in Tests put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, Java, C#, and .NET are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include C, HTML, and ASP.NET. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of C++ and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay Difference by 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 4 percent.

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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

Test Automation
up arrow 19%

Java
up arrow 12%

C#
up arrow 5%

.NET
up arrow 2%

National Average
$97,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 7%

ASP.NET
up arrow 8%

C
up arrow 9%

HTML
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
46%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 5%
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