Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

The average Test Automation Engineer in the United States earns approximately $90K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $21K, respectively — total cash payment to Test Automation Engineers can bottom out near $66K or peak near $127K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Male Test 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. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$65,933 - $120,440
$66K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,201
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50%
90%

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$23.18 - $75.96
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$49
$76
MEDIAN: $49.13
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$0$126K
Salary $65,933 - $120,440
Bonus $508 - $11,905
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,608
Total Pay (?
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$66,231 - $126,739
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 897
Hourly Data $0$86
Hourly Rate $23.18 - $75.96
Overtime $34.25 - $86.81
Annual Data $0$126K
Bonus $508 - $11,905
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,608
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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$66,231 - $126,739
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 97

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Job Description for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Senior quality assurance and test automation engineers design applications that will convert manual test preparation into automated test preparation. They design, create, test and implement these solutions in order to automate as much of the manual test preparation as possible by using codes and scripts. Test automation engineers are usually part of a team: They work with the test lead to identify any challenges that could cause problems during the test automation process. They work with test designers to understand exactly what the requirements of the test are. They also work with the developers who have created the application being tested. All must work together in order to ensure that the testing process goes smoothly. In order to get the most out of the automation process, a test automation engineer must know when to implement automated solutions and in what order.

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Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Tasks

  • Develop and execute test cases to diagnose issues and bugs, creating test data when required..
  • Participate in defining and communicating best practices.
  • Improve and automate test strategies and software configurations.
  • Define test strategies and test manuals for tracking and fixing software issues.

Common Career Paths for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer


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Although it's unusual, some Test Automation Engineers transition into jobs as Software Quality Assurance Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $103K per year, though. Many Test Automation Engineers choose to become Software Quality Assurance Managers and Software Quality Assurance Leads as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $11K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer


Test Automation Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Java, Web Software Quality Assurance, and GUI Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quality Improvement / QA and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. It is often found that people who know Automated Testing are also skilled in Test Automation, GUI Test Automation, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 216 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 540 salaries. An experienced Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 435 salaries. A Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 82 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,868

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Test Automation Engineers that is 36 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Test Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Chicago (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries

▲10%

▲6%

National Average
$93,000

▼2%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 12%
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