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Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Pay for Test Automation Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $88K per year. Cash earnings for Test Automation Engineers — including $12K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $66K to $122K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Test Automation Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Test Automation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$64,859 - $113,927
(Median)
$65K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,705
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$31.52 - $67.41
(Median)
$32
$50
$67
MEDIAN: $49.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$64,859 - $113,927  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,824  
Profit Sharing
$971 - $10,050  
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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$65,773 - $122,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,294
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Hourly Rate
$31.52 - $67.41  
   
Overtime
$29.69 - $67.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,824  
   
Profit Sharing
$971 - $10,050  
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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$65,773 - $122,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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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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Test Automation Engineers who transition into new roles such as Software Quality Assurance Manager may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Software Quality Assurance Manager earns $102K per year. Test Automation Engineers most frequently become Software Quality Assurance Managers and Quality Assurance Managers even though median compensation is $4K lower and $23K lower, respectively.

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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Java, GUI Test Automation, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $82K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $90K. For Test Automation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Test Automation Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


California cities San Francisco, San Jose, and Sunnyvale are lucrative areas for Test Automation Engineers, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (5 percent less) and Houston (3 percent less).

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



National Average
$91,000



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

UNIX
up arrow 9%

up arrow 8%



C#
up arrow 5%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 4%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 4%

Automated Testing
up arrow 3%

Black Box Testing
up arrow 3%

Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
up arrow 3%

Test Planning
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$91,000

Test Engineering
up arrow 1%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 11%