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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a test automation lead. For example, did you know that they make an average of $40.43 an hour? That's $84,096 a year!

What Does a Test Automation Lead Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a test automation lead, we found that a lot of resumes listed 19.4% of test automation leads included test scripts, while 5.1% of resumes included scrum, and 5.1% of resumes included qa. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the test automation lead job title. But what industry to start with? Most test automation leads actually find jobs in the technology and finance industries.

How To Become a Test Automation Lead

If you're interested in becoming a test automation lead, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 58.8% of test automation leads have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 38.5% of test automation leads have master's degrees. Even though most test automation leads have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a test automation lead. When we researched the most common majors for a test automation lead, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on test automation lead resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a test automation lead. In fact, many test automation lead jobs require experience in a role such as quality assurance lead. Meanwhile, many test automation leads also have previous career experience in roles such as test engineer or automation test engineer.

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Average Salary for a Test Automation Lead

Test Automation Leads in America make an average salary of $84,096 per year or $40 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $104,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $67,000 per year.
Average Salary
$84,096

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Hercules, CA
Salary Range88k - 138k$111k$110,953
Merrimack, NH
Salary Range89k - 126k$106k$106,239
Middletown, NJ
Salary Range86k - 128k$106k$105,641
McLean, VA
Salary Range85k - 125k$104k$103,738
New York, NY
Salary Range81k - 121k$100k$99,963
Bellevue, WA
Salary Range80k - 116k$97k$97,094
$55k
$138k

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$104,35001/21/2021
$104,350
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$95,84312/15/2020
$95,843
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Management Decisions, Inc.
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11/13/2020
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$130,00011/13/2020
$130,000
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Cybercoders
Cybercoders
02/14/2020
02/14/2020
$120,00002/14/2020
$120,000
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Staffright Associates
Staffright Associates
10/29/2019
10/29/2019
$104,35010/29/2019
$104,350
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Test Automation Lead Demographics

Gender

male

76.0 %

female

21.1 %

unknown

2.8 %

Ethnicity

White

72.3 %

Asian

11.3 %

Hispanic or Latino

7.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Arabic

33.3 %

Chinese

33.3 %

Spanish

33.3 %
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Test Automation Lead Education

Degrees

Bachelors

58.8 %

Masters

38.5 %

Associate

1.1 %

Top Colleges for Test Automation Leads

1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

2. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,992
Enrollment
33,495

3. Minnesota State University - Mankato

Mankato, MN • Public

In-State Tuition
$8,184
Enrollment
11,675

4. Texas A&M University

College Station, TX • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,870
Enrollment
53,194

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,832
Enrollment
4,550

6. Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,465
Enrollment
6,483

7. Inter American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon

Bayamon, PR • Private

In-State Tuition
$5,940
Enrollment
4,169

8. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA • Public

In-State Tuition
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

9. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

10. LeTourneau University

Longview, TX • Private

In-State Tuition
$30,210
Enrollment
1,771
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Best States For a Test Automation Lead

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a test automation lead. The best states for people in this position are Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and California. Test automation leads make the most in Connecticut with an average salary of $115,653. Whereas in New Hampshire and New Jersey, they would average $105,690 and $105,279, respectively. While test automation leads would only make an average of $104,081 in California, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. New Hampshire

Total Test Automation Lead Jobs:
65
Highest 10% Earn:
$146,000
Location Quotient:
1.29
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Connecticut

Total Test Automation Lead Jobs:
103
Highest 10% Earn:
$166,000
Location Quotient:
1
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Virginia

Total Test Automation Lead Jobs:
650
Highest 10% Earn:
$146,000
Location Quotient:
2.01
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Test Automation Lead Employers

1. IBM
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$79,786
Test Automation Leads Hired: 
90+
2. Tata Consultancy Services
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$91,141
Test Automation Leads Hired: 
28+
3. Accenture
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$102,338
Test Automation Leads Hired: 
25+
4. Wipro
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$71,571
Test Automation Leads Hired: 
21+
5. Bank of America
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$88,945
Test Automation Leads Hired: 
21+
6. Atos
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$72,492
Test Automation Leads Hired: 
20+

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Updated October 2, 2020