Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

The average Test Automation Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $89K per year. In the world of Test Automation Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $68K 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. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Test Automation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$66,575 - $113,945
(Median)
$67K
$89K
$110K
MEDIAN: $88,871
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$32.75 - $70.40
(Median)
$33
$51
$70
MEDIAN: $50
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,575 - $113,945  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,869  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $9,889  
Total Pay (?
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$67,729 - $121,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,459
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$32.75 - $70.40  
   
Overtime
$28.91 - $74.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,869  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $9,889  
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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$67,729 - $121,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Test Automation Engineers do move on to become Software Quality Assurance Managers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $103K per year. Test Automation Engineers most frequently advance into Software Quality Assurance Manager and Software Quality Assurance Lead roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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


Test Automation Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Java, Test Automation, and GUI Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Most people who know 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $84K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $91K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Test Automation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,218

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Test Automation Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Test Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Irvine (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Chicago earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

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



National Average
$92,000



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

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Test Automation
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GUI Test Automation
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
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Black Box Testing
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Automation Scripting
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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Automated Testing
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SQL
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C#
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Test Planning
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National Average
$92,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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