Senior Automation Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Automation Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $97K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Automation Engineers bottoms out near $72K and approaches $134K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $29K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Senior Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$70,350 - $126,157
$70K
$97K
$130K
MEDIAN: $97,358
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50%
90%

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$32.55 - $66.51
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$54
$67
MEDIAN: $54.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,350 - $126,157  
   
Bonus
$1,943 - $15,050  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $28,782  
Total Pay (?
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$71,995 - $133,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$32.55 - $66.51  
   
Overtime
$19.13 - $56.89  
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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$71,995 - $133,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Senior Automation Engineer


Senior Automation Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Junit, JavaScript, Java, and Automation Scripting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


Senior Automation Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $82K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $106K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Automation Engineer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $120K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $100,887

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, 32 percent above the national average. Senior Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+31 percent), Houston (+24 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average.

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Key Stats for Senior Automation Engineer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Senior Automation Engineer Salaries

▲19%

▲6%

National Average
$101,000

▼9%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Senior Automation Engineer Salaries

Junit
▲15%

JavaScript
▲13%

Java
▲11%

Automation Scripting
▲10%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲10%


Test Automation
▼0%

Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$101,000



Selenium Automated Test Tool
▼3%

Software Development
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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