Validation Engineer Salary (United States)

Very experienced Validation Engineers rake in top-notch pay; their $113K-salary trumps the national average for others in this profession ($74,633 annually). Though starting salaries approximate $66K, they climb to $81K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $100K. Salaries grow more slowly as Validation Engineers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $113K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,962 - $99,015
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MEDIAN: $70,959
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$19.53 - $72.62
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$0.00 - $10,200  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $6,750  
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$50,418 - $110,796  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 526
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$19.53 - $72.62  
   
Overtime
$23.08 - $58.33  
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$0.00 - $10,200  
   
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$976 - $6,750  
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$50,418 - $110,796  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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Job Description for Validation Engineer

Validation engineers play a critical role in the manufacturing process, working to test and validate production systems and technology. These engineers calibrate and otherwise ensure the proper function of machinery or equipment that help maintain quality during the manufacturing process. Often, this means checking quality systems to make sure that they work according to specifications set by the company and/or external regulatory bodies. Many different manufacturing fields employ validation engineers, such as technology, electronics, biotechnology, automotive, aerospace, and pharmaceuticals.
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Validation Engineer Tasks
  • Create validation programs, test them, and ensure ongoing operations during validation tests.
  • Review and statistically analyze all data and generate summary reports.
  • Develop, plan, and implement validation procedures and tests, including identifying key needs.
  • Read, revise, and create documentation.

Common Career Paths for Validation Engineer

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As Validation Engineers transition into upper-level roles, it is typical to see a decline in salary. It is not uncommon for a Chemical Validation Specialist to earn slightly less than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer

The biggest paychecks can be found at Intel Corporation—the median salary there is $83,088; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $47K and climbing to $108K. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., where the median salary is just $71,215.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer

Validation Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, C, Project Management, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 11 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Labview, Validation, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Validation Engineer

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Santa Clara
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Columbia
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Boston
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Philadelphia
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$75,000
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For Validation Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Validation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+11 percent), Columbia (+7 percent), Austin (+6 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Detroit is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (-11 percent) and Irvine (-6 percent).

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Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$75,000

Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

C++
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C
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$75,000
Regulatory Compliance
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Technical Writing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 12%
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