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Chemistry in Washington State

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Schools Offering Chemistry Programs in Washington State

Each year, approximately 0.2% of Washington State graduates receive degrees in chemistry. In other words, every year an estimated 348 chemists graduate from Washington State's 15 chemistry schools.

Top Schools

University of Washington-Seattle Campus, which was ranked 13th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Washington State that has a chemistry program. It is located in Seattle. 151 students graduated with a degree in chemistry from University of Washington-Seattle Campus in 2010. The tuition rate at University of Washington-Seattle Campus was $8,701 per year.

The second-ranked school in Washington State that has a chemistry program is Whitman College. Whitman College, which was ranked 21st in the country in 2010, is located in Walla Walla. 15 students graduated with degree in chemistry from Whitman College in 2010. Tuition at Whitman College was $38,770 per year.

The third-ranked school in Washington State with a chemistry program is Washington State University, which is located in Pullman. In 2010, it was ranked 27th nationwide. In 2010, 26 students graduated from Washington State University chemistry program. Students at Washington State University paid $9,489 per year in tuition fees.


If you are hoping to attend one of Washington State's chemistry schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $21,209 per year, though tuition can range from $38,770 per year to $3,108 per year. In 2010, the following Washington State chemistry schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Whitman College - located in Walla Walla, students are charged $38,770 per year
  2. University of Puget Sound - located in Tacoma, students are charged $37,225 per year
  3. Gonzaga University - located in Spokane, students are charged $30,925 per year

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

  1. Lake Washington Technical College - located in Kirkland, students are charged $3,108 per year
  2. Eastern Washington University - located in Cheney, students are charged $6,622 per year
  3. Western Washington University - located in Bellingham, students are charged $6,858 per year

A chemistry degree from a Washington State school... what next?

A large number of Washington State chemistry graduates become chemists. In 2010, there were 1,910 chemists working in Washington State. In Washington State, the largest numbers of chemists work in the following counties:

  1. King County - 640 chemists
  2. Benton County - 590 chemists
  3. Pierce County - 70 chemists

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 1,750 chemists will be working in Washington State state. This would require the number of chemists to grow by 12%.


On average, a chemist earns a salary of $74,340 per year in Washington State state. However, Washington State chemists earned anywhere in the range from as less than $29,260 per year to more than $130,210 per year in 2010. The following counties in Washington State have the highest average salaries for chemists:

  1. Benton County - $89,220 per year
  2. King County - $72,430 per year
  3. Thurston County - $61,400 per year

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

  1. Skagit County - $44,120 per year
  2. Spokane County - $56,950 per year
  3. Columbia County - $58,150 per year

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

  • Associate's Degree in Chemistry in Washington State
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in Washington State
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry in Washington State
  • Doctoral Degree in Chemistry in Washington State

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Chemists 1,910 $74,340 64.7%
Chemical Technicians 1,040 $41,870 2.0%
Chemical Plant and System Operators 610 $61,470 134.6%

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