Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

For Test Automation Engineers, annual average wages total $70K per year. Final cash compensation to Test Automation Engineers varies from around $45K to approximately $102K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority (80 percent) of Test Automation Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,064 - $97,331
$47K
$70K
$97K
MEDIAN: $70,163
10%
50%
90%

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$15.84 - $56.49
$16
$35
$56
MEDIAN: $34.99
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50%
90%

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$0$101K
Salary $47,064 - $97,331
Bonus $0.00 - $9,060
Profit Sharing $493.16 - $5,152
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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$45,149 - $101,860
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 319
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $15.84 - $56.49
Overtime $1.20 - $66.98
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,060
Profit Sharing $493.16 - $5,152
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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$45,149 - $101,860
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 88

Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Quality assurance (QA)/test automation engineers are in charge of supervising quality standards and automation efforts for their organization. They are responsible for correct equipment operation and output, and one of their main responsibilities includes creating test cases for future production tasks. QA/test automation engineers implement automation strategies using a variety of robotic equipment to facilitate production, as well as conduct product tests to check quality standards and identify possible technical issues.

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Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Tasks

  • Develop and maintain automated test scripts.
  • Create library of custom functions.
  • Review regression test cases.
  • Integrate test automation industry standards and best practices.
  • Execute automated test suite.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer


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Test Automation Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Test Automation Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $88K per year.

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


Survey takers working as Test Automation Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Ruby, GUI Test Automation, Python, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Those listing JavaScript as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Automation Scripting and Jenkins also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Selenium Automated Test Tool are similarly competent in Java and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. The majority of those who know Test Automation also know Quality Assurance / Quality Control and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 270 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 133 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 39 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,620

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Test Automation Engineers, 38 percent above the national average. Test Automation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Sunnyvale (+33 percent), Washington (+25 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Eugene Test Automation Engineers earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Minneapolis and Salt Lake City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

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

▲22%

▲14%

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$72,000

▼8%

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

Ruby
▲14%

GUI Test Automation
▲7%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$72,000



SQL
▼1%


C#
▼2%




Jenkins
▼5%


JavaScript
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 17%