Validation Engineer Salary

An average Validation Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $74K annually. Total cash compensation to Validation Engineers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $109K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $11K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Validation Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Validation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$53,163 - $101,919
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $73,623
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$20.20 - $56.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,163 - $101,919  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $10,650  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,619  
Total Pay (?
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$51,126 - $108,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 642
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$20.20 - $56.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.46  
Overtime
$25.38 - $57.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$197.27 - $10,650  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,619  
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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$51,126 - $108,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 167

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Validation Engineers, Intel Corporation, General Motors Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Cummins, Inc., and Cirrus Logic are leading firms in the industry. Employees of General Motors Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $89K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $60K to $112K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Cirrus Logic, Intel Corporation, and Cummins, Inc., where earnings of $89K, $85K, or $72K are standard for Validation Engineers.

Abbott Laboratories, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., and Cummins, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $57K, $71K, and $72K.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Survey takers working as Validation Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Python, C, and C++ Programming Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Validation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Linux and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Validation Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Validation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Validation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 512 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Validation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 206 salaries. An experienced Validation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 140 salaries. A Validation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,737

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

For Validation Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Validation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Tempe (+23 percent), Warren (+20 percent), Austin (+20 percent), and Portland (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (3 percent lower) and Hillsboro (1 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Validation Engineer

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries

▲48%

▲32%

▲9%

National Average
$75,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

▲21%

C
▲17%

C++
▲13%


▲4%

Matlab
▲3%



National Average
$75,000






Linux
▼9%

Validation
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 17%
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