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Validation Engineer Salary

Average Validation Engineers in the United States make around $72K per year. Final cash compensation to Validation Engineers varies from around $50K to approximately $110K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $7K, respectively. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the particular employer are driving factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Validation Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Validation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,989 - $100,186
(Median)
$51K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,073
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$19.20 - $70.47
(Median)
$19
$32
$70
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,989 - $100,186  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
Profit Sharing
$980 - $6,717  
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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$50,296 - $110,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 691
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.20 - $70.47  
   
Overtime
$22.51 - $57.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$980 - $6,717  
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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$50,296 - $110,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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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 who take on a higher-level position such as Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Drug and Chemical Validation Specialists on average bring home $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer


Validation Engineers flock to Intel Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $85K lead the pack in compensation; however, Intel Corporation also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $48K at one end to $110K at the other end.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Survey results imply that Validation Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like System Testing, Linux, and Regulatory Compliance. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $67K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $81K. For Validation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $107K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Validation Engineers in Santa Clara receive some of the highest pay in the country. Validation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+13 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), Columbia (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Validation Engineers in Portland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Detroit and Los Angeles (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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++
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Matlab
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Labview
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National Average
$75,000

Microsoft Office
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Technical Writing
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GMP Compliance
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Validation
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Linux
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System Testing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 12%
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