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Validation Engineer Salary (United States)

Highly experienced Validation Engineers rake in top-notch pay; their $113K-salary trumps the national average for others in this profession ($71K per year). Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $81K. Validation Engineers see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $113K on average. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,962 - $99,015
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MEDIAN: $70,959
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$19.53 - $72.62
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National Salary Data

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$50,962 - $99,015  
   
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$0.00 - $10,200  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $6,750  
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$50,418 - $110,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 526
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$19.53 - $72.62  
   
Overtime
$23.08 - $58.33  
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$0.00 - $10,200  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $6,750  
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$50,418 - $110,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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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While many Validation Engineerstransition into Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist roles, the job tends to pay $61K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer

Validation Engineers flock to Intel Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $83K lead the pack in compensation; however, Intel Corporation also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $47K at one end to $108K at the other end. Also approaching the lower end is Intel Corporation.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer

Validation Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, C, Project Management, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 11 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Labview, Validation, and Microsoft Office. 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.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Santa Clara
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Columbia
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Boston
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Austin
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Philadelphia
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Raleigh
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San Diego
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National Average
$75,000
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For Validation Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Santa Clara, Columbia, Austin, and Boston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Validation Engineers earning around 11 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent more than average. Detroit ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Irvine also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 6 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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National Average
$75,000
Regulatory Compliance
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GMP Compliance
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Technical Writing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Validation
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Labview
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 12%