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Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Pay for Test Automation Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $69K per year. Overall cash earnings for Test Automation Engineers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $102K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Test Automation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Test Automation Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$43,920 - $95,174
(Median)
$44K
$69K
$95K
MEDIAN: $68,501
10%
50%
90%

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$15.93 - $56.77
(Median)
$16
$34
$57
MEDIAN: $33.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,920 - $95,174  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,634  
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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$42,282 - $102,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.93 - $56.77  
   
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 - $9,634  
   
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).
)
$42,282 - $102,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77

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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 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 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Ruby. It is not unusual for someone who knows Quality Assurance / Quality Control to be familiar with Test Automation as well.

Pay Difference by Location


For Test Automation Engineers, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Denver (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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



National Average
$71,000


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

up arrow 9%

Python
up arrow 9%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 3%

SQL
0%

National Average
$71,000

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

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
51%
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%