Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Test Automation Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $69K annually. In the world of Test Automation Engineers, overall income ranges from $43K near the bottom to $103K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The vast majority (83 percent) of Test Automation Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. For the most part, Test Automation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,291 - $96,913
(Median)
$45K
$69K
$97K
MEDIAN: $69,419
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$16.11 - $56.73
(Median)
$16
$32
$57
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,291 - $96,913  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,599  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,022  
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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$43,091 - $103,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $56.73  
   
Overtime
$20.72 - $77.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,599  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,022  
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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$43,091 - $103,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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 who move on to become Test Automation Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Test Automation Engineers get paid an average of $88K per year.

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


Survey takers working as Test Automation Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Web Software Quality Assurance, Automated Testing, and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cucumber. Most people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Selenium Automated Test Tool.

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

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $62K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $81K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $94K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $76K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,580

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 17 percent below the national average. Workers in Raleigh and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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



Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$71,000


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

Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
up arrow 24%

Automated Testing
up arrow 6%

up arrow 5%

Python
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
0%

Software Test
0%

National Average
$71,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

Ruby
up arrow 3%

Cucumber
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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