Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Median pay for Test Automation Engineers in the United States is around $69K per year. Total cash compensation for Test Automation Engineers runs from $43K to $103K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Test Automation Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Test Automation Engineers are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,291 - $96,913
(Median)
$45K
$69K
$97K
MEDIAN: $69,419
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$16.11 - $56.73
(Median)
$16
$32
$57
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,291 - $96,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,599  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,022  
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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$43,091 - $103,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $56.73  
   
Overtime
$20.72 - $77.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,599  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,022  
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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$43,091 - $103,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Quality assurance (QA)/test automation engineers are in charge of supervising quality standards and automation efforts for their organization. They are responsible for correct equipment operation and output, and one of their main responsibilities includes creating test cases for future production tasks. QA/test automation engineers implement automation strategies using a variety of robotic equipment to facilitate production, as well as conduct product tests to check quality standards and identify possible technical issues.

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Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Tasks

  • Integrate test automation industry standards and best practices.
  • Execute automated test suite.
  • Review regression test cases.
  • Develop and maintain automated test scripts.
  • Create library of custom functions.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer


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Test Automation Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Test Automation Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $88K per year.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer


Survey takers working as Test Automation Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Web Software Quality Assurance, Automated Testing, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cucumber. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Selenium Automated Test Tool.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Test Automation Engineers make a median salary of $94K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,580

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

Test Automation Engineers in San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Test Automation Engineers. Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Raleigh and Chicago (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries

Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
up arrow 24%

Automated Testing
up arrow 6%

up arrow 5%

Python
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
0%

Software Test
0%

National Average
$71,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

Ruby
up arrow 3%

Cucumber
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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