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Physics in Washington State

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Schools Offering Physics Programs in Washington State

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Washington State students graduate with degrees in physics. In other words, every year an estimated 188 physicists graduate from Washington State's 13 physics schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Washington State with a physics program is University of Washington-Seattle Campus, which is located in Seattle. In 2010, it was ranked 13th nationwide. 89 students graduated with a degree in physics 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 physics program is Whitman College. Whitman College, which was ranked 21st in the country in 2010, is located in Walla Walla. 4 students graduated with degree in physics from Whitman College in 2010. Students at Whitman College paid $38,770 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Washington State that has a physics program is Washington State University. Washington State University, which was ranked 27th in the country in 2010, is located in Pullman. 23 students graduated with degree in physics from Washington State University in 2010. Washington State University charged in-state students $9,489 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Washington State's physics schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $22,181 per year, though tuition can range from $38,770 per year to $6,622 per year. The Washington State physics schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  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 physics schools in Washington State that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  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 physics degree from a Washington State school... what next?

The highest percentage of physics graduates in Washington State pursue careers as a physicist. 780 physicists were working in Washington State in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Washington State physicists:

  1. King County - 400 physicists
  2. Benton County - 240 physicists

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of physicists in Washington State will grow by 15%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 580 physicists working in Washington State.


On average, physicists earn $104,540 per year. In 2010, however, some Washington State physicists earned as little as less than $53,370 per year or as much as more than $143,200 per year. The following counties in Washington State have the highest average salaries for physicists:

  1. King County - $113,730 per year
  2. Benton County - $102,380 per year

On average, physicists earns the least in the following Washington State counties:

  1. Benton County - $102,380 per year
  2. King County - $113,730 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Washington State statistics regarding a career in physics. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as chemical engineering or chemistry.

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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics in Washington State
  • Master's Degree in Physics in Washington State
  • Doctoral Degree in Physics in Washington State

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Physicists 780 $104,540 50.0%

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