Test Automation Engineers are most sought-after in California, which is home to the three top-paying cities in the field: San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco. Cash earnings for Test Automation Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $44K to $102K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Test Automation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$44,794 - $94,920
(Median)
$45K
$69K
$95K
MEDIAN: $69,070
10%
50%
90%

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$15.60 - $55.39
(Median)
$16
$34
$55
MEDIAN: $34.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,794 - $94,920  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,275  
Profit Sharing
$38.78 - $6,183  
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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$43,963 - $102,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$15.60 - $55.39  
   
Overtime
$12.77 - $78.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,275  
   
Profit Sharing
$38.78 - $6,183  
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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$43,963 - $102,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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.

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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 $88K per year.

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


Test Automation Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Ruby, Python, Java, and Software Test are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Those listing JavaScript as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Jenkins and Cucumber also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Test Automation also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control and SQL. Most people who know Selenium Automated Test Tool also know Java and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $65K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $88K in this role. For some reason, Test Automation Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,211

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Test Automation Engineers, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Raleigh and Dallas (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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



Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$70,000


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

Ruby
up arrow 19%

Python
up arrow 9%

up arrow 6%

Software Test
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
0%

C#
0%

Automated Testing
0%

National Average
$70,000

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 1%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 3%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 7%

Cucumber
up arrow 9%

Jenkins
up arrow 10%

JavaScript
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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