Senior Test Engineer Salary

A Senior Test Engineer earns an average salary of $91,599 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$68,373 - $119,245
(Median)
$68K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,598
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$24.42 - $65.35
(Median)
$24
$44
$65
MEDIAN: $44.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,373 - $119,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,729  
Profit Sharing
$850 - $10,084  
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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$68,976 - $124,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,070
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.42 - $65.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$25.53 - $63.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,729  
   
Profit Sharing
$850 - $10,084  
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).
)
$68,976 - $124,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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Job Description for Senior Test Engineer

Senior test engineers generally work with computer software and hardware. These engineers test and create programs for a company for their own internal programs or usage or for third party/public usage. Senior test engineers generally work with and/or oversee a dedicated team of test engineers or developers, and they work with them to suss out and address any issues that might arise in a given system or program. Because they often lead teams, they must have excellent communication skills and the ability to troubleshoot, self-start and motivate their fellow team members. Senior test engineers may also perform regression, security, integration, quality assurance and stress/load testings. In addition, they often monitor usage and performance of certain servers, units, programs or systems. Senior test engineers often work their way up from more entry level test engineer positions. Regardless of how they arrive at their position, senior test engineers are generally required to have at least a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field, fluency with development languages and processes, test environments and prior work experience in their field. Some companies may require their senior test engineers to have specific certifications or security clearances. In addition, a basic foundation in IT knowledge (such as networking, system administration, etc.) is usually helpful.


Senior Test Engineer Tasks

  • Verify and validate new tests, test systems and solutions.
  • Perform automated and manual tests, interpret results and de-bug.
  • Create, update, and communicate required documentation.
  • Develop test plans and design hardware/software to execute those tests.
  • Provide technical expertise and design input to other teams.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,241

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Experience Affects Senior Test Engineer Salaries



National Average
$94,000



Skills That Affect Senior Test Engineer Salaries

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C++
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Software Test
up arrow 5%

Test Engineering
up arrow 3%

Test Planning
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Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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System Testing
up arrow 2%

Test Automation
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Labview
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National Average
$94,000

Windows Operating System General Use
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Java
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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