Wages for Senior Automation Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($98K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $29K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Automation Engineers can bottom out near $73K or peak near $134K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Automation Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey. The majority of Senior Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$71,291 - $127,273
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MEDIAN: $97,973
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$33.00 - $66.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,291 - $127,273  
   
Bonus
$1,943 - $15,050  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $28,782  
Total Pay (?
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$72,966 - $134,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 236
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$33.00 - $66.09  
   
Overtime
$41.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,943 - $15,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $28,782  
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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$72,966 - $134,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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Job Description for Senior Automation Engineer

Senior automation engineers are responsible for utilizing engineering methods to automate processes and infrastructure. They stabilize testing processes, troubleshoot equipment, design effective systems that interact with client-side functionality, and test plans for large-scale projects. Additionally, senior automation engineers assist with creating engineering documentation and tracking performance metrics, as well as develop effective end-to-end testing phases. In all tasks, these engineers must ensure compliance with industry regulations and company procedures.

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Senior Automation Engineer Tasks

  • Collaborate with internal and external teams to test and improve efficiency of systems.
  • Lead automation projects and changes, including daily operations and quality control.
  • Program, write, and verify automated testing tools.
  • Analyze systems and design and evaluate automation scripts and systems.

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Popular Skills for Senior Automation Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Automation Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Junit, Java, Automation Scripting, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Software Development. Those familiar with Human-Machine Interface also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Automation Engineer

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


For many Senior Automation Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $87K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $92K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $107K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $123K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,683

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With a pay rate for Senior Automation Engineers that is 30 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Boston (+16 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Austin (+1 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston and Dallas (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Automation Engineer Salaries



National Average
$102,000



Skills That Affect Senior Automation Engineer Salaries

Junit
up arrow 14%

Java
up arrow 10%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 9%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 9%


Project Management
up arrow 2%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
0%

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
0%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
0%

National Average
$102,000

Test Automation
up arrow 1%

Software Development
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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