Validation Engineer Salary

For Validation Engineers, yearly average wages total $74K annually. Total cash compensation to Validation Engineers bottoms out near $52K and approaches $109K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Validation Engineers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$52,980 - $102,300
$53K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,669
10%
50%
90%

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$20.63 - $55.85
$21
$31
$56
MEDIAN: $30.93
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$0$109K
Salary $52,980 - $102,300
Bonus $97.87 - $10,369
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $9,230
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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$51,609 - $109,858
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 674
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $20.63 - $55.85
Hourly Tips $13.46
Overtime $25.56 - $58.37
Annual Data $0$109K
Bonus $97.87 - $10,369
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $9,230
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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$51,609 - $109,858
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 175

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

  • Develop, plan, and implement validation procedures and tests, including identifying key needs.
  • Read, revise, and create documentation.
  • Create validation programs, test them, and ensure ongoing operations during validation tests.
  • Review and statistically analyze all data and generate summary reports.

Common Career Paths for Validation Engineer


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Many Validation Engineers move into Drug and Chemical Validation Specialist roles. Drug and Chemical Validation Specialists seem to make a little less than Validation Engineers as their salaries average out to $61K a year.

Validation Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Validation Engineer


Validation Engineers flock to Intel Corporation, General Motors Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Cummins, Inc., and Cirrus Logic, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although General Motors Corporation leads the field in pay with a median salary of $89K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $60K on the low end all the way up to $112K at the top. Cirrus Logic, Intel Corporation, and Cummins, Inc. also offer top salaries for Validation Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $89K, $85K, and $72K, respectively.

Workers at Abbott Laboratories, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., and Cummins, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $57K, $71K, and $72K respectively.

Popular Skills for Validation Engineer


Survey results imply that Validation Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Python, C, and C++ Programming Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Validation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Linux and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Test Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Validation Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Validation Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Validation Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 512 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Validation Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 206 salaries. An experienced Validation Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 140 salaries. A Validation Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,005

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

With a pay rate for Validation Engineers that is 44 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Validation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Tempe (+23 percent), Warren (+20 percent), Austin (+20 percent), and Portland (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Hillsboro (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Validation Engineer

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Validation Engineer Salaries

▲47%

▲32%

▲8%

National Average
$75,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Validation Engineer Salaries

▲21%

C
▲17%


C++
▲12%

▲4%

Matlab
▲3%



National Average
$75,000






Linux
▼9%

Validation
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 18%