Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Test Automation Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $88K per year on average. In the world of Test Automation Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $66K and $121K. 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 tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Test Automation Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Test Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$64,855 - $113,137
(Median)
$65K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,887
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$32.54 - $67.84
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$33
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$68
MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$64,855 - $113,137  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,785  
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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$65,701 - $121,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,337
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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 - $11,785  
   
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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$65,701 - $121,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Although some Test Automation Engineers become Software Quality Assurance Manager, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $102K. Test Automation Engineers most often move into positions as Software Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Assurance Managers. Software Quality Assurance Managers actually earn $4K less on average, however, and Quality Assurance Managers earn $23K less per year than Test Automation Engineers do.

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


Survey results imply that Test Automation Engineers deploy 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. Most people familiar with Automated Testing also know 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.


Test Automation Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $83K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $90K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Test Automation Engineers bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. Test Automation Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Test Automation Engineers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Test Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent), New York (+16 percent), Sunnyvale (+16 percent), and Austin (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (12 percent lower) and Minneapolis (5 percent lower).

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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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Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 4%

Black Box Testing
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Automated Testing
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Automation Scripting
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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C#
up arrow 3%

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 211 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: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 10%
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