Validation Engineer Salary

Average Validation Engineers in the United States make around $72K per year. Overall cash earnings for Validation Engineers stretch from $50K on the lower end to $110K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Validation Engineers. Male Validation Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,892 - $100,559
(Median)
$51K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,209
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$19.28 - $70.12
(Median)
$19
$32
$70
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,892 - $100,559  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,090  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $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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$50,410 - $110,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 713
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.28 - $70.12  
   
Overtime
$22.85 - $58.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $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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$50,410 - $110,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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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Validation Engineers often transition into a Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist position. Drug and Chemical Validation Specialists report a slightly lower median income of $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer


Validation Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Cirrus Logic, where the average salary comes to $88K.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Survey results imply that Validation Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, C, and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include System Testing, Validation, and Linux. The majority of those who know 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.


Validation Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker earns $67K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $81K. For Validation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Validation Engineers, Santa Clara offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Validation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+14 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and Hillsboro (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Validation Engineers in Portland earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Detroit and Los Angeles (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 31%

C
up arrow 17%

C++
up arrow 13%

Labview
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Matlab
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National Average
$75,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 5%



Linux
up arrow 9%

Validation
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System Testing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 12%
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