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Schools Offering Journalism Programs in Washington State

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Washington State students graduate with degrees in journalism. That means an estimated 215 journalists graduate from Washington State's 8 journalism schools each year.

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus, which was ranked 13th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Washington State that has a journalism program. It is located in Seattle. In 2010, 56 students graduated from University of Washington-Seattle Campus' journalism program. Tuition at University of Washington-Seattle Campus was $8,701 per year.

The second-ranked school in Washington State that has a journalism program is Washington State University. Washington State University, which was ranked 27th in the country in 2010, is located in Pullman. 1 students graduated with degree in journalism from Washington State University in 2010. Washington State University charged in-state students $9,489 in tuition fees per year.

Western Washington University, which was ranked 27th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Washington State that has a journalism program. It is located in Bellingham. In 2010, Western Washington University graduated 55 students from its journalism programs. Students at Western Washington University paid $6,858 per year in tuition fees.


If you are hoping to attend one of Washington State's journalism schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $16,342 per year, though tuition can range from $30,925 per year to $6,622 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Washington State journalism schools were charged at the following schools:

  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 following Washington State journalism schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Eastern Washington University - located in Cheney, students are charged $6,622 per year
  2. Western Washington University - located in Bellingham, students are charged $6,858 per year
  3. Central Washington University - located in Ellensburg, students are charged $7,110 per year

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

Most people who graduate from journalism school in Washington State go on to work as a journalist. 820 journalists were working in Washington State in 2010. In Washington State, the largest numbers of journalists work in the following counties:

  1. King County - 370 journalists
  2. Spokane County - 80 journalists
  3. Pierce County - 60 journalists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of journalists in the state of Washington State will shrink to 1,040. This would require a -23% decline in the profession.


A journalist in Washington State earns $47,630 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Washington State journalists earned as little as less than $19,260 per year or as much as more than $103,100 per year. The following counties in Washington State have the highest average salaries for journalists:

  1. Pierce County - $55,780 per year
  2. King County - $55,770 per year
  3. Spokane County - $49,630 per year

The Washington State counties with the lowest average salary for journalists are:

  1. Adams County - $33,670 per year
  2. Grays Harbor County - $34,160 per year
  3. Columbia County - $38,780 per year

More Information

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

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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in Washington State

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Photographers 1,100 $42,480 -4.3%
Reporters and Correspondents 820 $47,630 -33.9%
Broadcast News Analysts 70 $73,680 16.7%

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