Validation Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $73K annually on average. The range in cash compensation to Validation Engineers ($50K to $109K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Validation Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$51,573 - $102,354
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MEDIAN: $73,195
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$19.76 - $68.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,573 - $102,354  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $10,261  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,804  
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$50,086 - $108,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.76 - $68.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.46  
Overtime
$25.03 - $52.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $10,261  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,804  
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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$50,086 - $108,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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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

  • Develop, plan, and implement validation procedures and tests, including identifying key needs.
  • Read, revise, and create documentation.
  • Create validation programs, test them, and ensure ongoing operations during validation tests.
  • Review and statistically analyze all data and generate summary reports.

Common Career Paths for Validation Engineer


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Although many Validation Engineers transition into Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer


Validation Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Intel Corporation, General Motors Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Cummins, Inc., and Cirrus Logic. Cirrus Logic attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $89K. Validation Engineers will also find cushy salaries at General Motors Corporation (+$87K), Intel Corporation (+$87K), and Cummins, Inc. (+$72K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Abbott Laboratories ($57K), Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. ($71K), and Cummins, Inc. ($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++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 19 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Validation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Linux also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $68K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $81K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $99K. Validation Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $109K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,490

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Validation Engineers, 48 percent higher than the national average. Validation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chandler (+32 percent), Tempe (+25 percent), Warren (+23 percent), and Austin (+22 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles.

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Key Stats for Validation Engineer

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
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Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

Python
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C
up arrow 19%

C++
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National Average
$73,000




System Testing
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Linux
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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