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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 $86K annually. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Test Automation Engineers spread between $64K and $121K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Male Test Automation Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Test Automation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$63,572 - $112,199
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64K
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86K
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MEDIAN: $86,459
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$29.37 - $66.95
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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Salary
$63,572 - $112,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,711  
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $9,823  
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$64,381 - $121,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,203
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$29.37 - $66.95  
   
Overtime
$28.58 - $67.40  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,711  
   
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $9,823  
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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$64,381 - $121,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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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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As Test Automation Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Software Quality Assurance Manager, they may see an upturn in salary. The average Software Quality Assurance Manager earns $101K per year. Many Test Automation Engineers choose to become Software Quality Assurance Managers and Quality Assurance Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $3K less and $22K less, respectively.

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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 Java, UNIX, Automation Scripting, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $82K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $89K. Test Automation Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $94K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Test Automation Engineers, Santa Clara offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Test Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sunnyvale (+22 percent), New York (+19 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Denver and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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



National Average
$90,000



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

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UNIX
up arrow 8%



C#
up arrow 5%

Automated Testing
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 4%

GUI Test Automation
up arrow 4%

Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
up arrow 4%

Test Automation
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National Average
$90,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

Test Engineering
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 12%