Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

An average Test Automation Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $69K annually. Cash earnings for Test Automation Engineers — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $44K to approximately $100K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men make up the vast majority of Test Automation Engineers (80 percent) who took the survey. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Test Automation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$45,235 - $94,760
$45K
$69K
$95K
MEDIAN: $69,283
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50%
90%

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$15.66 - $52.77
$16
$34
$53
MEDIAN: $33.99
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$45,235 - $94,760  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,210  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $6,183  
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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$44,131 - $99,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$15.66 - $52.77  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,210  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $6,183  
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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$44,131 - $99,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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 results imply that Test Automation Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Ruby, GUI Test Automation, Python, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Those listing JavaScript as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Automation Scripting and Jenkins also typically command lower compensation. Those who learned Test Automation also tend to know Quality Assurance / Quality Control and SQL. Those familiar with Selenium Automated Test Tool also tend to know Java and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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: $70,265

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

For those looking to make money, Test Automation Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Test Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sunnyvale (+35 percent), Washington (+26 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Eugene Test Automation Engineers earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Salt Lake City (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
29%
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

▼6%

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

Ruby
▲16%

GUI Test Automation
▲9%

▲5%

▲3%




SQL
▼0%

C#
▼0%

National Average
$70,000




Jenkins
▼4%


JavaScript
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 14%