Criminal Justice in Washington State

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Washington State


Around 0.5% of Washington State's graduates graduate from criminal justice degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 785 criminal justice professionals graduate from Washington State's 31 criminal justice schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Washington State with a criminal justice program is University of Washington-Seattle Campus, which is located in Seattle. In 2010, it was ranked 13th nationwide. In 2010, University of Washington-Seattle Campus graduated 4 students from its criminal justice program. Students at University of Washington-Seattle Campus paid $8,701 per year in tuition fees.

Washington State University, which was ranked 27th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Washington State that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Pullman. 126 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Washington State University in 2010. Washington State University charged in-state students $9,489 in tuition fees per year.

Seattle University, which was ranked 27th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Washington State that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Seattle. In 2010, Seattle University graduated 60 students from its criminal justice programs. Seattle University charged in-state students $30,825 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Washington State criminal justice school, average tuition will be $8,501 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,610 per year to $30,925 per year. In 2010, the criminal justice schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Washington State 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. Saint Martin's University - located in Lacey, students are charged $26,677 per year

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

  1. Spokane Community College - located in Spokane, students are charged $2,610 per year
  2. Olympic College - located in Bremerton, students are charged $3,006 per year
  3. Tacoma Community College - located in Tacoma, students are charged $3,019 per year

A criminal justice degree from a Washington State school... what next?

Special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and paralegal are the professions of choice for a majority of criminal justice graduates in Washington State. 29,910 criminal justice professionals were working in Washington State in 2010. Of these, 6,800 were correctional officers. In addition, 1,810 were special agents, and 350 were private detectives. The Washington State counties with the largest populations of criminal justice professional are:

  1. King County - 11,840 criminal justice professionals
  2. Pierce County - 2,690 criminal justice professionals
  3. Spokane County - 1,730 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that, by 2018, the number of criminal justice professionals in the state of Washington State will grow to 38,090. This would require a 12% growth in the field.

Salary

criminal justice professionals in Washington State earn $53,305 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Washington State criminal justice professional earned as little as less than $18,390 per year or as much as more than $119,330 per year. Criminal justice professionals in the following Washington State counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Benton County - $63,650 per year
  2. Pierce County - $55,283 per year
  3. Kitsap County - $52,480 per year

The Washington State counties with the lowest average salary for criminal justice professionals are:

  1. Cowlitz County - $26,780 per year
  2. Whatcom County - $32,655 per year
  3. Spokane County - $35,375 per year

On average, the highest paid criminal justice professionals in Washington State were:

  1. Special Agent - $83,840 per year
  2. Private Detective - $61,300 per year
  3. Paralegal - $49,710 per year

The criminal justice professionals with lowest average salaries in Washington State were:

  1. Bailiff - $41,530 per year
  2. Security Guard - $37,190 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Washington State statistics regarding a career in criminal justice and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as criminology or forensic science.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in Washington State
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Washington State
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Washington State
  • Doctoral Degree in Criminal Justice in Washington State
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Washington State

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Curious what studying Criminal Justice gets you?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Security Guards 14,580 $37,190 -2.5%
2
Correctional Officers and Jailers 6,800 $46,260
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 6,180 $49,710 25.9%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,810 $83,840 66.1%
5
Private Detectives and Investigators 350 $61,300 -27.1%
6
Bailiffs 190 $41,530 -13.6%
 

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