Senior Automation Engineer Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Senior Automation Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $69K to $127K per year, and the average comes out to $89K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Automation Engineers stretch from $69K on the lower end to $127K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Senior Automation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Senior Automation Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$67,253 - $118,859

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$25.53 - $60.90

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$67,253 - $118,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,227  
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $9,000  
Total Pay (?
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$68,803 - $126,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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Hourly Rate
$25.53 - $60.90  
   
Overtime
$33.22 - $59.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,227  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $9,000  
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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$68,803 - $126,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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 show that Senior Automation Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Selenium Automated Test Tool, Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Human-Machine Interface are also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Automation Engineer

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


For Senior Automation Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Senior Automation Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $86K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $88K. Senior Automation Engineers see a median salary of $100K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Automation Engineers, 27 percent higher than the national average. Senior Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+21 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.

Senior Automation Engineer Advice

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"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
$94,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Automation Engineer Salaries

Selenium Automated Test Tool
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 3%

Test Automation
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National Average
$94,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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