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Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Test Automation Engineers in the United States take home approximately $69K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Test Automation Engineers varies from around $42K to approximately $102K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $7K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Test Automation Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,987 - $95,549
(Median)
$44K
$69K
$96K
MEDIAN: $68,734
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$15.96 - $56.38
(Median)
$16
$33
$56
MEDIAN: $33.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,987 - $95,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,595  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,698  
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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$42,358 - $102,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.96 - $56.38  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $77.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,595  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,698  
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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$42,358 - $102,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | 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

  • 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 $87K per year.

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


Survey results suggest that Test Automation Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Python, Java, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Ruby and Software Test. Employees educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are typically practiced in Test Automation, too.

Pay Difference by Location


Test Automation Engineers earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. Portland is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Chicago and 7 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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



National Average
$70,000


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

Python
up arrow 13%

up arrow 10%


C#
up arrow 3%

SQL
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 79 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 13%
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