The average salary for a Senior Test Engineer is $86,138 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Test Planning is associated with high pay for this job.
Senior Test Engineer Total Pay (?
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$64,791 - $112,629
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MEDIAN: $86,137
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Senior Test Engineer Total Pay (?
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$24.08 - $69.35
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,791 - $112,629  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,240  
Profit Sharing
$793 - $10,096  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,100  
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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$65,515 - $118,915  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.08 - $69.35  
   
Overtime
$24.59 - $69.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,240  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,100  
Profit Sharing
$793 - $10,096  
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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$65,515 - $118,915  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,139
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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
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$88,000
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Experience Affects Senior Test Engineer Salaries

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$88,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Test Engineer Salaries

Labview
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National Average
$88,000
Windows Operating System General Use
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Gender
Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
23%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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