$94,440
Avg. Salary
$44.92
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$5,017

Bonus

$4,932

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Senior Test Engineer is $44.92 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Test Engineer is $94,440 per year.

10%
$26.84
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$44.92
50%
$67.44
90%
90%
MEDIAN $44.92
10%
$72k
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$94k
50%
$124k
90%
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MEDIAN $94,440
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MEDIAN: $94,440
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$26.84 - $67.44
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$0$130K
Salary $72,413 - $123,726
Bonus $987 - $13,656
Profit Sharing $1,010 - $19,653
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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$72,658 - $130,154
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,179
Hourly Data $0$82
Hourly Rate $26.84 - $67.44
Overtime $25.80 - $82.43
Annual Data $0$130K
Bonus $987 - $13,656
Profit Sharing $1,010 - $19,653
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).
)
$72,658 - $130,154
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 49

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. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)

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

Senior Test Engineer Pay By Employer

$0$140K

Raytheon Co.
18 profiles
$98,206

Qualcomm Inc
12 profiles
$104,829

$95,510

$118,290

$84,469

Common Career Paths for Senior Test Engineer


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Senior Test Engineers who go on to become Test Engineering Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Test Engineering Manager, an upper-level role, pays $104K. Many Senior Test Engineers advance into roles as Quality Assurance Engineers or Semiconductor Test Engineers, but the median salaries are $12K lower and $19K lower, respectively.

Senior Test Engineer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Senior Test Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Test Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, C++, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, and Software Test. Those familiar with Test Engineering also tend to know System Testing and Test Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Test Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Test Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Test Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 130 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Test Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 261 salaries. An experienced Senior Test Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 249 salaries. A Senior Test 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 119 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,202

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

For Senior Test Engineers, busy Sunnyvale offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Senior Test Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+25 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), Austin (+19 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Auburn Hills, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (8 percent lower) and New York (7 percent lower).

Senior Test Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Test Engineer?

Senior Test Engineer in Pottsville:
"Always something new to learn."
Pros: Flexible work schedule. WFH, office is only a few miles away. Get along with coworkers
Cons: A little stressful at times. Hard for me to keep up sometimes

Senior Test Engineer in Lincolnshire:
"Learn other related skills."
There are a lot of related skills that may help career advancement.

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Key Stats for Senior Test Engineer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 194 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Senior Test Engineer Salaries

▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$97,000

▼4%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Senior Test Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 8%