Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Test Automation Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $88K per year. In the world of Test Automation Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $66K and $122K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $10K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Test Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Test Automation Engineers survey respondents are men (78 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$65,007 - $113,328
(Median)
$65K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,974
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$32.54 - $67.84
(Median)
$33
$50
$68
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,007 - $113,328  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,820  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,967  
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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$65,866 - $121,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$32.54 - $67.84  
   
Overtime
$29.23 - $66.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,820  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,967  
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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$65,866 - $121,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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 become Software Quality Assurance Managers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $102K per year. Many Test Automation Engineers advance into roles as Software Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $23K lower, 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 UNIX, Java, GUI Test Automation, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Those educated in Automated Testing tend to be well versed in 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.


For Test Automation Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $83K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $90K. Test Automation Engineers bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Test Automation Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Test Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent), New York (+16 percent), Sunnyvale (+16 percent), and Austin (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Dallas and 5 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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

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Test Automation
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Black Box Testing
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Automated Testing
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Automation Scripting
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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C#
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Test Planning
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$91,000

Test Engineering
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

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: 10%
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