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Validation Engineer Salary

Validation Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $72K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Validation Engineers approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $110K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the particular employer are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Validation Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,884 - $100,213
(Median)
$51K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,954
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$19.25 - $70.66
(Median)
$19
$32
$71
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,884 - $100,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,071  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $6,658  
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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$50,218 - $110,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.25 - $70.66  
   
Overtime
$22.69 - $58.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$981 - $6,658  
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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$50,218 - $110,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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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Although many Validation Engineers transition into Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer


Although Intel Corporation boasts the highest average salary in town at $85K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $48K or as much as $110K.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Validation Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, C, and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include System Testing, Linux, and Validation. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Validation Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Validation Engineers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $81K. Validation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Validation Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $107K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Validation Engineers in Santa Clara enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Validation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+13 percent), Boston (+10 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Hillsboro (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Detroit and 11 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 29%

C
up arrow 17%

C++
up arrow 12%



Matlab
up arrow 4%

Labview
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National Average
$75,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%



GMP Compliance
up arrow 6%

Validation
up arrow 8%

Linux
up arrow 9%

System Testing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%
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