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Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

For Test Automation Engineers, annual average wages total $69K per year. 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. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Test Automation Engineers are male. Job satisfaction for Test Automation Engineers is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$43,945 - $95,599
(Median)
$44K
$69K
$96K
MEDIAN: $68,516
10%
50%
90%

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$15.96 - $56.38
(Median)
$16
$33
$56
MEDIAN: $33.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,945 - $95,599  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,609  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,250  
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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$42,312 - $102,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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 - $9,609  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,250  
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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$42,312 - $102,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 often transition into Test Automation Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Test Automation Engineers earn $87K per year.

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


Test Automation Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Java, C#, and Selenium Automated Test Tool are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Ruby and Software Test. Experience with Quality Assurance / Quality Control is often linked with knowledge of Test Automation.

Pay Difference by Location


For Test Automation Engineers, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco are known as the cities with the best salaries for Test Automation Engineers. The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Chicago and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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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 12%

up arrow 9%

C#
up arrow 4%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
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 80 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
33%
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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