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Validation Engineer Salary

Average Validation Engineers in the United States make around $72K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Validation Engineers can bottom out near $50K or peak near $110K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the specific company are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Validation Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Validation Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,623 - $99,545
(Median)
$51K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,709
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90%

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$19.13 - $69.29
(Median)
$19
$33
$69
MEDIAN: $33.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,623 - $99,545  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,047  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $7,397  
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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$49,888 - $109,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 675
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.13 - $69.29  
   
Overtime
$22.41 - $57.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $7,397  
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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$49,888 - $109,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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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


Validation Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Intel Corporation, where the median salary comes to $85K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($48K) and those starting out ($107K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Survey results imply that Validation Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, C, and C++ are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like System Testing, Regulatory Compliance, and Linux. 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.


Validation Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $67K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $81K. Validation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $108K.

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Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 31%

C
up arrow 13%

C++
up arrow 12%



Labview
up arrow 4%

Matlab
up arrow 4%

National Average
$75,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Validation
up arrow 3%

GMP Compliance
up arrow 3%



Linux
up arrow 9%

System Testing
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
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%