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Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

The average Test Automation Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $88K per year. Total cash compensation to Test Automation Engineers bottoms out near $66K and approaches $122K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction for Test Automation Engineers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$64,781 - $113,997
(Median)
$65K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,780
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$32.09 - $68.31
(Median)
$32
$50
$68
MEDIAN: $49.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,781 - $113,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,799  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,033  
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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$65,629 - $122,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$32.09 - $68.31  
   
Overtime
$29.69 - $67.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,799  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,033  
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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$65,629 - $122,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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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 it's unusual, some Test Automation Engineers transition into jobs as Software Quality Assurance Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $102K per year, though. Many Test Automation Engineers go on to become Software Quality Assurance Managers or Quality Assurance Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $4K lower and $23K lower, respectively.

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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Java, UNIX, GUI Test Automation, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. For most people, competency in Automated Testing indicates knowledge of 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 $82K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $90K. Test Automation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Test Automation Engineers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Francisco, San Jose, and Sunnyvale all offering salaries above the national rate. Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis and Houston (4 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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UNIX
up arrow 8%



C#
up arrow 5%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 4%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 4%

Automated Testing
up arrow 3%

Black Box Testing
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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Test Planning
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$91,000

Test Engineering
up arrow 1%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
46%
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: 11%
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