Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

The average Test Automation Engineer in the United States earns approximately $89K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Test Automation Engineers can bottom out near $68K or peak near $122K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Test Automation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$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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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. A lot of Test Automation Engineers advance their careers by becoming Software Quality Assurance Managers and Software Quality Assurance Leads. However, those positions offer $5K less and $11K less per year on average.

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


Survey results imply that Test Automation Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $84K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $91K. For Test Automation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,218

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

Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Test Automation Engineers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Test Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Irvine (+9 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of 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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