Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Pay for Test Automation Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $70K annually. Overall cash earnings for Test Automation Engineers stretch from $45K on the lower end to $102K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Test Automation Engineers are male. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,914 - $98,004
$47K
$70K
$98K
MEDIAN: $69,633
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50%
90%

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$15.84 - $54.27
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$34
$54
MEDIAN: $34.37
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$0$102K
Salary $46,914 - $98,004
Bonus $0.00 - $10,310
Profit Sharing $587 - $6,128
Total Pay (?
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$45,060 - $102,223
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 314
Hourly Data $0$79
Hourly Rate $15.84 - $54.27
Overtime $0.75 - $79.00
Annual Data $0$102K
Bonus $0.00 - $10,310
Profit Sharing $587 - $6,128
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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$45,060 - $102,223
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 78

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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

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

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


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Test Automation Engineers who move on to become Test Automation Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Test Automation Engineers get paid an average of $88K per year.

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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Ruby, GUI Test Automation, Python, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Those listing JavaScript as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Automation Scripting and Jenkins also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Selenium Automated Test Tool are also skilled in Java and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. People who know Test Automation usually also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control and SQL.

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

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 270 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 133 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 39 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,047

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

For Test Automation Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Test Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sunnyvale (+34 percent), Washington (+25 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Test Automation Engineers in Eugene report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Minneapolis and Salt Lake City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries

▲23%

▲15%

Late-Career
▲7%

National Average
$71,000

▼7%

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

Ruby
▲15%

GUI Test Automation
▲8%

▲4%

▲2%




National Average
$71,000

SQL
▼1%

C#
▼1%




Jenkins
▼5%


JavaScript
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 16%
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