Senior Automation Engineer Salary

With just below three-fifths of Senior Automation Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $71K to $131K per year and averages out to $92K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Automation Engineers stretch from $71K on the lower end to $131K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Senior Automation Engineers are male. Most Senior Automation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$70,122 - $123,085
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$70K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,195
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$25.64 - $62.03
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$26
$48
$62
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,122 - $123,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,193  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
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$71,356 - $131,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 300
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Hourly Rate
$25.64 - $62.03  
   
Overtime
$34.43 - $60.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,193  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $11,745  
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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$71,356 - $131,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Selenium Automated Test Tool, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 13 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Software Development. The majority of those who know Human-Machine Interface also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Automation Engineer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $88K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $103K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,771

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Automation Engineers, 28 percent above the national average. Senior Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+27 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Dallas and 1 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Senior Automation Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Automation Engineer in Addison:
"Position is stressful if employee has poor time management."
Experience comes from learning from mistakes. Use your time wisely. Train junior staff as much as possible. You can't do everything by yourself. Help grow your team by establishing trust.

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Experience Affects Senior Automation Engineer Salaries



National Average
$98,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Senior Automation Engineer Salaries

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 22%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 13%


Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
0%

National Average
$98,000

Software Development
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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