Validation Engineer Salary

Average Validation Engineers in the United States make around $72K annually. Total cash compensation to Validation Engineers bottoms out near $50K and approaches $110K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Validation Engineers survey respondents are men (74 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,978 - $100,513
(Median)
$51K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,177
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$19.25 - $70.66
(Median)
$19
$32
$71
MEDIAN: $32.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,978 - $100,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,092  
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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$50,379 - $110,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 711
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,092  
   
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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$50,379 - $110,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Many Validation Engineers move into Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist roles. Drug and Chemical Validation Specialists seem to make a little less than Validation Engineers as their salaries average out to $61K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer


Cirrus Logic offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $88K.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like System Testing, Validation, and Linux. 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.


Validation Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $67K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $81K. Validation Engineers see a median salary of $98K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Validation Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Validation Engineers in Santa Clara receive some of the highest pay in the country. Validation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+14 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and Hillsboro (+8 percent). Validation Engineers in Portland earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (13 percent lower) and Los Angeles (12 percent lower).

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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 13%

Labview
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Matlab
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National Average
$75,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 4%



Linux
up arrow 9%

Validation
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System Testing
up arrow 20%

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: 66% employee benefits None: 12%
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