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Validation Engineer Salary (United States)

Earnings for Validation Engineers in the United States come in at around $71K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Validation Engineers can bottom out near $50K or peak near $110K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Validation Engineers survey respondents are men (77 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Validation Engineer Salary (?
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$50,882 - $99,639
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MEDIAN: $71,406
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Validation Engineer Salary (?
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$18.87 - $70.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,882 - $99,639  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,124  
Profit Sharing
$975 - $6,183  
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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$50,248 - $110,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 600
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.87 - $70.59  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $59.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,124  
   
Profit Sharing
$975 - $6,183  
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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$50,248 - $110,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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 an upper level Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist position and may see a small drop in pay. Drug and Chemical Validation Specialists earn $61K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer

Although Intel Corporation leads the field in pay with a median salary of $83K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $47K on the low end all the way up to $105K at the top.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer

Survey results imply that Validation Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, C, Test Engineering, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Validation. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $67K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $81K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. 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 $111K.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego
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National Average
$75,000
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Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Validation Engineers in Columbia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Validation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+14 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and San Jose (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Portland (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$75,000

Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

C++
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C
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Labview
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Matlab
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$75,000
Microsoft Office
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Technical Writing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Validation
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GMP Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 12%