Senior Automation Engineer Salary

Approximately 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. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Senior Automation Engineers spread between $69K and $127K depending on individual performance. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Automation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$67,982 - $119,535
(Median)
$68K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,700
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
$67,982 - $119,535  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,341  
Profit Sharing
$2,466 - $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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$69,082 - $127,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.75 - $60.79  
   
Overtime
$35.95 - $62.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,341  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,466 - $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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$69,082 - $127,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Senior Automation Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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.


Senior Automation Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Senior Automation Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $87K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $88K. On average, Senior Automation Engineers make $99K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Automation Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Automation Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+21 percent) and Houston (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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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
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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 60 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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