Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

For Test Automation Engineers, annual average wages total $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. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. There are far more male Test Automation Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Job satisfaction for Test Automation Engineers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,728 - $95,912
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$44K
$69K
$96K
MEDIAN: $68,600
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$16.07 - $55.29
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$16
$32
$55
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,728 - $95,912  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,622  
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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$42,052 - $102,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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 - $9,622  
   
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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$42,052 - $102,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Test Automation Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Python, Java, C#, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Ruby and Software Test. Competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control frequently indicates knowledge of Test Automation.

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

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $62K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Test Automation Engineers make a median salary of $91K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


California cities San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco are lucrative areas for Test Automation Engineers, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Portland is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (9 percent lower) and Minneapolis (7 percent lower).

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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 14%

up arrow 6%

C#
up arrow 4%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 3%

Software Test
up arrow 4%

Ruby
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 13%
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