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Senior Automation Engineer Salary

Just under 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 $128K per year, and the average comes out to $89K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Automation Engineers — including $16K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $69K to $128K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$68,446 - $118,010
(Median)
$68K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,675
10%
50%
90%

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$24.75 - $60.79
(Median)
$25
$44
$61
MEDIAN: $43.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,446 - $118,010  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,524  
Profit Sharing
$2,506 - $8,940  
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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$69,426 - $127,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.75 - $60.79  
   
Overtime
$35.95 - $62.00  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,524  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,506 - $8,940  
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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$69,426 - $127,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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


Survey results imply that Senior Automation Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. 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 33 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Test Automation. Most people skilled in Human-Machine Interface are similarly competent in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Automation Engineer

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


Senior Automation Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $86K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $88K. Senior Automation Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $98K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $106K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Automation Engineers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent.

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Experience Affects Senior Automation Engineer Salaries



National Average
$94,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Senior Automation Engineer Salaries

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 33%

Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
up arrow 11%



Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$94,000

Test Automation
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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