Senior Automation Engineer Salary

Three-fifths of Senior Automation Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $69K to $127K per year, but median earnings come to around $90K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Automation Engineers bottoms out near $69K and approaches $127K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Senior Automation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$68,080 - $119,438
(Median)
$68K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,700
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50%
90%

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

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,080 - $119,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,351  
Profit Sharing
$2,460 - $8,808  
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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$69,159 - $127,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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 - $15,351  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,460 - $8,808  
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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$69,159 - $127,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 32 percent, 11 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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.


Senior Automation Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During the first five years of their careers, Senior Automation Engineers see a median income of $87K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $88K. On average, Senior Automation Engineers make $99K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Automation Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+21 percent) and Houston (+4 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Automation Engineer Salaries



National Average
$95,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Automation Engineer Salaries

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 32%




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

Test Automation
0%

National Average
$95,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

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