Validation Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $73K per year. Overall cash earnings for Validation Engineers stretch from $50K on the lower end to $106K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and location. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Validation Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of Validation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$51,434 - $101,298
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MEDIAN: $73,184
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$19.37 - $49.85
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,434 - $101,298  
   
Bonus
$500 - $10,206  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,656  
Total Pay (?
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$49,995 - $106,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 618
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.37 - $49.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.46  
Overtime
$24.63 - $52.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$500 - $10,206  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,656  
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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$49,995 - $106,254  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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 transition into upper-level roles like Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist. However, Drug and Chemical Validation Specialists do report a slightly lower median income of $61K per year.

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Intel Corporation, General Motors Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Cirrus Logic, and Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Validation Engineers. Cirrus Logic attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $89K.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Validation Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Python, C, and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 21 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Validation, Microsoft Office, and Linux. Most people who know 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.


For many Validation Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. Validation Engineers bring in $97K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,842

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

Home to some of the best pay for Validation Engineers, Chandler offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Validation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+19 percent), Boston (+17 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), and Detroit (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Philadelphia and 5 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
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C++
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Test Engineering
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National Average
$73,000

Regulatory Compliance
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System Testing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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GMP Compliance
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Linux
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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