Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

An average Test Automation Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $69K per year. Total cash earnings of Test Automation Engineers range from $42K on the low end to $102K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $7K, respectively. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Test Automation Engineers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Test Automation Engineers are male. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,728 - $95,457

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$16.07 - $55.29

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,728 - $95,457  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,595  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,638  
Total Pay (?
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$42,059 - $102,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 401
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$16.07 - $55.29  
   
Overtime
$16.97 - $77.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,595  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,638  
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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$42,059 - $102,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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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Advancing into a Test Automation Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Test Automation Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $87K per year.

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


Survey results show that Test Automation Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Python, Java, C#, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Ruby and Software Test. Those with knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be skilled in Test Automation as well.

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

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $81K. Test Automation Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $91K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


Test Automation Engineers in San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco — the highest-paid cities for Test Automation Engineers in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Workers in Chicago and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less).

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


Late-Career
up arrow 16%


National Average
$70,000


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

Python
up arrow 12%

up arrow 7%

C#
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 1%

National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

Software Test
up arrow 4%

Ruby
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 13%
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