Validation Engineer Salary

Validation Engineers in the United States take home an average $73K annually. Total cash compensation for Validation Engineers runs from $50K to $110K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Validation Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Validation Engineers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$51,199 - $101,146
(Median)
$51K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,597
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$19.26 - $70.47
(Median)
$19
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,199 - $101,146  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,206  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $7,520  
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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$50,383 - $109,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 816
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.26 - $70.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$25.84 - $58.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,206  
   
Profit Sharing
$961 - $7,520  
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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$50,383 - $109,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Cirrus Logic offers the most; Validation Engineers earn $88K on average there.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in C, C++, Labview, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like System Testing, Linux, and Validation. The majority of those 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $69K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $80K. On average, Validation Engineers make $98K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,994

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

For those looking to make money, Validation Engineers in Santa Clara enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Validation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+15 percent), Boston (+13 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Hillsboro (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Los Angeles and 5 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

C
up arrow 17%

C++
up arrow 12%

up arrow 9%

Test Engineering
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Matlab
up arrow 4%

Python
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 4%




Validation
up arrow 9%

Linux
up arrow 9%

System Testing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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