Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salary

Test Automation Engineers in the United States take home approximately $90K annually on average. In the world of Test Automation Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $66K and $126K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Men account for the majority of Test Automation Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$65,747 - $120,614
$66K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,175
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50%
90%

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$21.99 - $75.19
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$75
MEDIAN: $48.52
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$0$126K
Salary $65,747 - $120,614
Bonus $970 - $11,943
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $23,498
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$65,485 - $126,737
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 895
Hourly Data $0$86
Hourly Rate $21.99 - $75.19
Overtime $34.52 - $86.16
Annual Data $0$126K
Bonus $970 - $11,943
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $23,498
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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$65,485 - $126,737
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 94

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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

  • Develop and execute test cases to diagnose issues and bugs, creating test data when required..
  • Participate in defining and communicating best practices.
  • Improve and automate test strategies and software configurations.
  • Define test strategies and test manuals for tracking and fixing software issues.

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


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Though it's uncommon, some Test Automation Engineers move into roles as Software Quality Assurance Managers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $103K per year. Test Automation Engineers most frequently advance into Software Quality Assurance Manager and Software Quality Assurance Lead roles even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $11K lower, 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 Python, Java, Web Software Quality Assurance, and GUI Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quality Improvement / QA and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people familiar with Automated Testing also know Test Automation, GUI Test Automation, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

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

Pay by Experience for a Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 216 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior 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 $91,000 based on 540 salaries. An experienced Senior 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 $99,000 based on 435 salaries. A Senior 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 $102,000 based on 82 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,477

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

For those looking to make money, Test Automation Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Test Automation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Houston and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Salaries

▲10%

▲7%

National Average
$92,000

▼2%

▼15%

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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 12%
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