Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Test Automation Engineers in the United States take home approximately $69K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Test Automation Engineers approaches anywhere from $43K on the lower end to $101K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Test Automation Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Test Automation Engineers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,183 - $93,705
$45K
$69K
$94K
MEDIAN: $69,033
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$15.24 - $56.67
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$34
$57
MEDIAN: $34.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,183 - $93,705  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,642  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $6,128  
Total Pay (?
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$43,408 - $100,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.24 - $56.67  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,642  
   
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $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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$43,408 - $100,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76

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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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Many Test Automation Engineers move into a Test Automation Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $88K per year.

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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Ruby, Python, Java, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Those listing JavaScript as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Automation Scripting and Cucumber also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Selenium Automated Test Tool tend to be well versed in Java and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. The majority of those who know Test Automation also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control and SQL.

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 $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $82K. Test Automation Engineers bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Test Automation Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,077

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

Test Automation Engineers in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, and Los Angeles — 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. The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Raleigh. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (12 percent lower) and Salt Lake City (7 percent lower).

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

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries

▲24%

▲16%

Late-Career
▲8%

National Average
$70,000

▼8%

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

Ruby
▲16%

Python
▲6%

▲4%



Selenium Automated Test Tool
▼0%

SQL
▼0%

C#
▼0%

National Average
$70,000


Automated Testing
▼1%


Jenkins
▼5%

Cucumber
▼5%

Automation Scripting
▼7%

JavaScript
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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