Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary (United States)

Senior QA Engineers in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $88,970 per year. The range in pay spans from $63,735 to $120,120 per year. Total cash compensation runs from $63,013 to $111,725, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $11,254 and profit sharing that reaches $10,000. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. The majority of Senior QA Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary (?
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$63,013 - $111,725
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MEDIAN: $85,920
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$26.19 - $66.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,013 - $111,725  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,254  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$63,735 - $120,120  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,221
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Hourly Rate
$26.19 - $66.38  
   
Overtime
$28.12 - $68.03  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,254  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $10,000  
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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$63,735 - $120,120  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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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Though unusual, some Senior QA Engineers transition into jobs as Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Managers, earning an additional $12,372 per year. More commonly, Senior QA Engineers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Computer Software QA Managers or Quality Assurance Managers, making $1,928 or $21K less per year, respectively.

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

Senior QA Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, C#, Automation Scripting, and Web Software Quality Assurance (QA) are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those educated in Automated Testing tend to be well-versed in Test Automation and GUI Test Automation.

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.
Salaries can reach $88K from $81K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $100K. Following a couple decades of work, Senior QA Engineers watch their salaries dip to an average of $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego
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$89,000
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For Senior QA Engineers, Sunnyvale provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Senior QA Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+20 percent), New York (+15 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Irvine (+10 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Workers in Minneapolis and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-6 percent and -6 percent).

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

National Average
$89,000

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

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C#
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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Black Box Testing
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Test Automation
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$89,000
Test Planning
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SQL
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Test Engineering
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 272 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 12%
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