Validation Engineer Salary

Average Validation Engineers in the United States make around $72K per year. In the world of Validation Engineers, overall income ranges from $50K near the bottom to $110K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. For the most part, Validation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Validation Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$50,900 - $100,662

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$19.28 - $70.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,900 - $100,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,107  
Profit Sharing
$975 - $6,563  
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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$50,384 - $110,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 712
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.28 - $70.12  
   
Overtime
$22.85 - $58.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$975 - $6,563  
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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$50,384 - $110,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Cirrus Logic — the median salary there is $88K.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Validation Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C, C++, Python, and Labview are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include System Testing, Validation, and Linux. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Validation Engineer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $68K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $81K on average. Validation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $98K. Validation Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


Validation Engineers will find that Santa Clara offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Validation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+15 percent), Columbia (+11 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Validation Engineers in Portland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Detroit and 12 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

C
up arrow 17%

C++
up arrow 13%

Python
up arrow 11%

Labview
up arrow 9%



Matlab
up arrow 4%

National Average
$75,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 4%



Linux
up arrow 9%

Validation
up arrow 10%

System Testing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 118 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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