Accounting in Washington State

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Schools Offering Accounting Programs in Washington State

Around 1.4% of Washington State's graduates graduate from accounting degree programs every year. That means an estimated 2,333 accountants graduate from Washington State's 51 accounting schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Washington State that has a accounting program is University of Washington-Seattle Campus. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, which was ranked 13th in the country in 2010, is located in Seattle. 269 students graduated with a degree in accounting from University of Washington-Seattle Campus in 2010. Tuition at University of Washington-Seattle Campus was $8,701 per year.

The second-ranked school in Washington State with a accounting program is Washington State University, which is located in Pullman. In 2010, it was ranked 27th nationwide. In 2010, Washington State University graduated 186 students from its accounting program. Washington State University charged in-state students $9,489 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Washington State with a accounting program is Western Washington University, which is located in Bellingham. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, Western Washington University graduated 101 students from its accounting programs. Tuition at Western Washington University was $6,858 per year.


Tuition at Washington State's accounting schools ranges from $30,925 per year to $2,610 per year. But, the average tuition is $8,486 per year. The Washington State accounting schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Gonzaga University - located in Spokane, students are charged $30,925 per year
  2. Seattle University - located in Seattle, students are charged $30,825 per year
  3. Whitworth University - located in Spokane, students are charged $30,204 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Washington State accounting schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Spokane Community College - located in Spokane, students are charged $2,610 per year
  2. Renton Technical College - located in Renton, students are charged $2,785 per year
  3. Olympic College - located in Bremerton, students are charged $3,006 per year

An accounting degree from a Washington State school... what next?

A large number of Washington State accounting graduates become accountants. In 2010, there were 20,420 accountants working in Washington State. The largest populations of Washington State accountants are working in the following counties:

  1. King County - 12,160 accountants
  2. Spokane County - 1,530 accountants
  3. Thurston County - 1,370 accountants

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of accountants is expected to grow by 14% by 2018. There are projected to be 30,040 accountants working in the Washington State then.


An accountant in Washington State earns $65,230 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Washington State accountants earned as little as less than $33,200 per year or as much as more than $106,360 per year. The counties in Washington State with the highest average salary for an accountant are:

  1. King County - $68,110 per year
  2. Benton County - $66,350 per year
  3. Kitsap County - $65,200 per year

The following counties in Washington State have the lowest average salaries for accountants:

  1. Cowlitz County - $52,300 per year
  2. Thurston County - $55,550 per year
  3. Clallam County - $58,200 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in accounting in Washington State and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or business administration, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Accounting in Washington State
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in Washington State
  • Master's Degree in Accounting in Washington State
  • Certificate in Accounting in Washington State

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,685 miles from location University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle WA 86.9578 45% 45,943
7,487 miles from location Washington State University Pullman WA 72.817 37% 26,101
7,660 miles from location Western Washington University Bellingham WA 72.1677 38% 14,575
7,680 miles from location Bellevue College Bellevue WA 15.3084 n/a 14,010
7,758 miles from location Clark College Vancouver WA 13.9084 n/a 12,989
7,628 miles from location Central Washington University Ellensburg WA 31.9043 40% 11,357
7,486 miles from location Eastern Washington University Cheney WA 59.4272 49% 11,300
7,680 miles from location Edmonds Community College Lynnwood WA 17.534 n/a 9,658
7,670 miles from location Everett Community College Everett WA 13.4947 n/a 8,313
7,689 miles from location Green River Community College Auburn WA 15.7392 n/a 8,205
7,710 miles from location Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom Lakewood WA 12.9816 n/a 8,188
7,686 miles from location Seattle University Seattle WA 70.3999 21% 7,751
7,474 miles from location Gonzaga University Spokane WA 37.2946 28% 7,633
7,701 miles from location Olympic College Bremerton WA 11.8614 n/a 7,536
7,472 miles from location Spokane Community College Spokane WA 14.6787 n/a 7,445
7,585 miles from location Columbia Basin College Pasco WA 10.7425 n/a 6,978
7,705 miles from location Tacoma Community College Tacoma WA 11.2217 n/a 6,825
7,692 miles from location Highline Community College Seattle WA 16.5765 n/a 6,725
7,707 miles from location Clover Park Technical College Lakewood WA 16.2384 n/a 6,573
7,684 miles from location Seattle Community College-North Campus Seattle WA 12.2688 n/a 6,524
7,684 miles from location Shoreline Community College Seattle WA 13.8462 n/a 6,277
7,690 miles from location Seattle Community College-South Campus Seattle WA 8.16257 n/a 6,074
7,662 miles from location Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon WA 14.1008 n/a 5,676
7,729 miles from location South Puget Sound Community College Olympia WA 13.4048 n/a 5,651
7,702 miles from location Bates Technical College Tacoma WA 15.6162 n/a 5,458
7,552 miles from location Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla WA 17.3035 n/a 5,053
7,638 miles from location Yakima Valley Community College Yakima WA 16.932 n/a 4,724
7,658 miles from location Whatcom Community College Bellingham WA 13.7069 n/a 4,663
7,677 miles from location Lake Washington Technical College Kirkland WA 9.52843 n/a 4,646
7,684 miles from location Renton Technical College Renton WA 22.262 n/a 4,346
7,756 miles from location Lower Columbia College Longview WA 16.7356 n/a 4,290
7,687 miles from location Seattle Pacific University Seattle WA 68.9096 37% 4,000
7,704 miles from location Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma WA 65.5433 36% 3,581
7,740 miles from location Centralia College Centralia WA 18.6955 n/a 3,574
7,607 miles from location Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee WA 17.293 n/a 3,423
7,697 miles from location Pierce College at Puyallup Puyallup WA 10.872 n/a 3,267
7,680 miles from location City University of Seattle Bellevue WA 10.3031 n/a 3,204
7,717 miles from location Peninsula College Port Angeles WA 11.984 n/a 3,155
7,702 miles from location University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Tacoma WA 43.0884 47% 3,070
7,676 miles from location University of Washington-Bothell Campus Bothell WA 43.9029 43% 2,925
7,660 miles from location Bellingham Technical College Bellingham WA 23.5145 n/a 2,864
7,472 miles from location Whitworth University Spokane WA 69.1446 18% 2,781
7,769 miles from location Grays Harbor College Aberdeen WA 13.4003 n/a 2,285
7,570 miles from location Big Bend Community College Moses Lake WA 16.8914 n/a 2,169
7,724 miles from location Saint Martin's University Lacey WA 57.1629 31% 1,672
7,680 miles from location Northwest University Kirkland WA 26.3798 48% 1,383
7,638 miles from location Heritage University Toppenish WA 12.0598 n/a 1,115
7,694 miles from location DeVry University-Washington Auburn WA 18.3247 88% 1,003
7,687 miles from location University of Phoenix-Western Washington Campus Seattle WA 9.30665 n/a 603
7,753 miles from location Everest College-Vancouver Vancouver WA 25.2203 63% 453
7,686 miles from location Seattle Vocational Institute Seattle WA 24.3891 n/a 271

Curious what studying Accounting gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Washington State

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks + 40,490 $37,560 -1.7%
Accountants and Auditors + 20,420 $65,230 -10.8%
Billing and Posting Clerks + 11,150 $35,300 -5.3%
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks + 3,480 $40,420 -14.5%
Budget Analysts + 2,460 $70,530 31.6%
Tax Preparers + 1,230 $35,340

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