Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Earnings for Test Automation Engineers in the United States come in at around $88K per year on average. In the world of Test Automation Engineers, overall income ranges from $66K near the bottom to $122K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Test Automation Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$64,971 - $113,122

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$32.40 - $68.17

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,971 - $113,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,905  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $9,950  
Total Pay (?
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$65,770 - $121,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,350
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$32.40 - $68.17  
   
Overtime
$29.23 - $66.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,905  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $9,950  
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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$65,770 - $121,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 become Software Quality Assurance Managers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Software Quality Assurance Managers earn $102K per year. Test Automation Engineers most often advance into Software Quality Assurance Manager and Quality Assurance Manager positions even though 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 seem to exploit a large range 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 skilled in Automated Testing are similarly competent 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.


Test Automation Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $83K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $90K. Test Automation Engineers see a median salary of $97K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


Test Automation Engineers in Sunnyvale, San Francisco, and San Jose — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Test Automation Engineers. The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (13 percent less) and Minneapolis (4 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

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Black Box Testing
up arrow 4%

Automated Testing
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Automation Scripting
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
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C#
up arrow 1%

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 202 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
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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