Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary (United States)

A typical Senior QA Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $88,970 annually. The top of the range reaches $120,120 per year, and the bottom approaches $63,735. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to around two-thirds. 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.
Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary (?
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$63,013 - $111,725
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MEDIAN: $85,920
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Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary (?
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$26.19 - $66.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,013 - $111,725  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,254  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $10,000  
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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$63,735 - $120,120  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$26.19 - $66.38  
   
Overtime
$28.12 - $68.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,254  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $10,000  
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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$63,735 - $120,120  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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
  • Improve and automate test strategies and software configurations.
  • Define test strategies and test manuals for tracking and fixing software issues.
  • Develop and execute test cases to diagnose issues and bugs, creating test data when required..
  • Participate in defining and communicating best practices.

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

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For Senior QA Engineers, advancing into a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Manager role, where salaries are a slight $12,372 higher, is not typical but is also not out of the question. More commonly, Senior QA Engineers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Computer Software QA Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, making $1,928 or $21K less per year, respectively.

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

Survey results imply that Senior QA Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Java, C#, Automation Scripting, and Web Software Quality Assurance (QA) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Automated Testing also know Test Automation and GUI Test Automation.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $81K—can reach $88K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $100K. For Senior QA Engineers, pay actually goes down to about $100K after two decades on the job. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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Atlanta
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Boston
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Austin
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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National Average
$89,000
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Senior QA Engineers will find that Sunnyvale offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. San Jose, New York, San Francisco, and Irvine are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Senior QA Engineers earning around 20 percent, 15 percent, 14 percent, and 10 percent more than average. Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Denver (-6 percent and -6 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries

National Average
$89,000

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

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C#
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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Black Box Testing
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Test Automation
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$89,000
Test Planning
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SQL
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Test Engineering
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 272 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 12%
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