Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

The average Test Automation Engineer in the United States earns approximately $69K per year. Total incomes of Test Automation Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $42K and $103K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Test Automation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men account for the majority of Test Automation Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$44,096 - $96,047
(Median)
$44K
$69K
$96K
MEDIAN: $68,525
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$16.04 - $55.62
(Median)
$16
$31
$56
MEDIAN: $31.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,096 - $96,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,609  
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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$42,184 - $102,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$16.04 - $55.62  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $77.48  
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 - $9,609  
   
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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$42,184 - $102,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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


Survey results suggest that Test Automation Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Python, Java, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and C# 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Test Automation Engineers make a median salary of $91K. Test Automation Engineers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Test Automation Engineers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco all offering salaries above the national rate. Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (9 percent lower) and Minneapolis (6 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 9%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 4%

C#
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 2%

National Average
$70,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

Software Test
up arrow 4%

Ruby
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 13%
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