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Senior Test Engineer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Senior Test Engineer is $87,197 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. The highest paying skills associated with this job are C++ and Data Analysis.
Senior Test Engineer Salary (?
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$65,829 - $114,130
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MEDIAN: $87,197
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Senior Test Engineer Salary (?
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$24.50 - $67.53
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MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,829 - $114,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,497  
Profit Sharing
$876 - $10,081  
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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$66,618 - $120,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,030
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.50 - $67.53  
   
Overtime
$26.18 - $69.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,497  
   
Profit Sharing
$876 - $10,081  
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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$66,618 - $120,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Test Engineer

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Sunnyvale
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Mountain View
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Santa Clara
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Boston
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Columbus
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Austin
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Dallas
0%
National Average
$90,000
Seattle
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Phoenix
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Minneapolis
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Denver
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Experience Affects Senior Test Engineer Salaries

National Average
$90,000

Skills That Affect Senior Test Engineer Salaries

C++
up arrow 12%
up arrow 7%
System Testing
up arrow 4%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%
Labview
up arrow 3%
Test Automation
up arrow 1%
UNIX
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National Average
$90,000
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%
Java
up arrow 6%
SQL
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%