Forensic Science Schools In Washington State

Washington State has 3 accredited forensic science schools where forensic science faculty who teach forensic science classes can find employment. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of forensic science and forensic science training in Washington State, which includes forensic science training at the following levels:

  • Forensic Science Certificate
  • Associates degree in Forensic Science
  • Bachelors degree in Forensic Science


  1. Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

    9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, Washington 98498-1999

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  2. Green River Community College

    12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, Washington 98092-3622

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  3. Seattle University

    900 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122-4340

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Professional Trends

Washington State Vs. National Forensic Science Employment

Washington State 140
National 12,390

Of all of the forensic science professionals that work in the US, approximately 1% work in Washington State state.

Employment Growth for Forensic science professionals In Washington State

310 300 300 160 140
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Washington State, the field of forensic science is shrinking. In Washington State, 170 less forensic science professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. This represents a 55% decline in the field. This is faster than the trend for forensic science professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of forensic science professionals has grown by 1% between 2006 and 2010.

Forensic Science VS. All Professions salaries in Washington State

$52,690 $54,150 $55,900 $53,770 $54,880
$48,545 $50,054 $51,159 $52,682 $54,489
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Forensic Science
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The amount earned by forensic science professionals is increasing in Washington State. Forensic science professionals earned a yearly mean salary of $52,690 in 2006. They earned a yearly mean salary of $54,880 in 2010.

Salary percentiles for Forensic science professionals in Washington State

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25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Thus, forensic science professionals' salaries grew by 4% in 4 years. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. There is a 78% pay differential between the highest paid forensic science professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of forensic science in Washington State.

Average Salaries for Forensic science professionals and related professions in Washington State

Computer Forensics
Criminal Justice
Forensic Accounting
Forensic Nursing
Forensic Psychology
Forensic Science

In Washington State, forensic science professionals make, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Forensic Science programs available for each degree type for all schools in Washington State


The number of students graduating from the 3 accredited forensic science schools in Washington State is increasing. In Washington State, there were 7 graduates in 2006. And there were 13 graduates from forensic science courses in 2010.

This represents a 86% increase in the number of forensic science degree or certificate school graduates in Washington State state. A majority of these graduates, or 50%, graduated with an undergraduate certificate in forensic science.

Forensic Science Faculty Salaries in Washington State

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