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Schools Offering Teaching Programs in Washington State

Approximately 1.6% of graduates in of Washington State receive teaching degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 2,658 teachers graduate from Washington State's 51 teaching schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Washington State that has a teaching 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. In 2010, 39 students graduated from University of Washington-Seattle Campus' teaching program. Tuition at University of Washington-Seattle Campus was $8,701 per year.

Washington State University, which was ranked 27th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Washington State that has a teaching program. It is located in Pullman. In 2010, Washington State University graduated 609 students from its teaching program. The tuition rate at Washington State University was $9,489 per year.

The third-ranked school in Washington State with a teaching program is Western Washington University, which is located in Bellingham. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, Western Washington University graduated 192 students from its teaching programs. Western Washington University charged in-state students $6,858 in tuition fees per year.


If you choose to attend a Washington State teaching school, average tuition will be $9,351 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,610 per year to $37,225 per year. In 2010, the teaching schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Washington State were:

  1. University of Puget Sound - located in Tacoma, students are charged $37,225 per year
  2. Gonzaga University - located in Spokane, students are charged $30,925 per year
  3. Seattle University - located in Seattle, students are charged $30,825 per year

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

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

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

Some of the most popular jobs teaching graduates in Washington State pursue include primary school education administrator, education administrator, business teacher, computer science teacher, and mathematical science teacher. 70,520 teachers were working in Washington State in 2010. Of these, 1,390 were english teachers. In addition, 4,250 were primary school education administrators, and 1,990 were education administrators. In Washington State, the largest numbers of teacher work in the following counties:

  1. King County - 26,270 teachers
  2. Pierce County - 8,420 teachers
  3. Spokane County - 5,140 teachers

Projected Growth

The government projects that, by 2018, the number of teachers in the state of Washington State will grow to 69,880. This would require a 11% growth in the field.


teachers in Washington State make an average of $68,459 per year. However, this number is only an average. Teacher in Washington State had varying salaries from $20,370 to $149,560 per year in 2010. On average teacher earn the most in the following Washington State counties:

  1. Whatcom County - $69,562 per year
  2. King County - $68,141 per year
  3. Columbia County - $64,963 per year

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

  1. Yakima County - $56,551 per year
  2. Thurston County - $56,786 per year
  3. Chelan County - $58,243 per year

On average, the highest paid teachers in Washington State were:

  1. Health Specialties Teacher - $127,850 per year
  2. Primary School Education Administrator - $97,690 per year
  3. Education Administrator - $95,090 per year

On average, the lowest paid teachers in Washington State were:

  1. Kindergarten Teacher - $49,370 per year
  2. Literacy Teacher - $44,160 per year

More Information

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

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

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 27,390 $57,760 13.3%
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 11,360 $58,490 -16.3%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 5,780 $56,680 0.0%
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 4,250 $97,690 5.5%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 3,350 $44,160 8.4%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 2,870 $127,850
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 2,740 $56,430 -10.7%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 2,350 $49,370 -15.8%
Instructional Coordinators 2,220 $61,530 25.4%
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 1,990 $95,090 -0.5%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 1,390 $54,920 3.7%
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 1,310 $60,980
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 1,280 $75,570 9.4%
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 820 $66,780
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 720 $71,100 -4.0%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 480 $73,250 -22.6%
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 150 $59,270 7.1%
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 70 $65,340

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