Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Test Automation Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $89K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Test Automation Engineers can bottom out near $65K or peak near $125K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Test Automation Engineers. The vast majority of Test Automation Engineers (80 percent) survey respondents are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$64,786 - $118,588
$65K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,098
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$25.29 - $75.79
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$76
MEDIAN: $50.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,786 - $118,588  
   
Bonus
$309.97 - $11,982  
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $20,134  
Total Pay (?
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$65,495 - $125,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 914
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$25.29 - $75.79  
   
Overtime
$20.58 - $81.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$309.97 - $11,982  
   
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $20,134  
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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$65,495 - $125,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Test Automation Engineers who move on to become Software Quality Assurance Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $103K. 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 $4K less and $10K less, respectively.

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


Test Automation Engineers report using a deep pool 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 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Improvement / QA and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. For most people, competency in Automated Testing indicates knowledge of 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: $92,056

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

For those looking to make money, Test Automation Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Test Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Houston and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries

▲11%

▲7%

National Average
$92,000

▼1%

▼15%

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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
40%
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: 11%
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