Mental Health Schools In Washington State

There are 5 accredited mental health schools in Washington State for faculty who teach mental health classes to choose from. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the mental health academic community in Washington State, and the future trends in mental health training at the following levels:

  • Mental Health Certificate
  • Associates degree in Mental Health
  • Masters degree in Mental Health


  1. Edmonds Community College

    20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, Washington 98036-5912

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  2. Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

    9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, Washington 98498-1999

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  3. Western Washington University

    516 High St, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9008

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  4. Argosy University-Seattle

    2601-A Elliott Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98121

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  5. Pierce College at Puyallup

    1601 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, Washington 98374-2222

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Professional Trends

Washington State Vs. National Mental Health Employment

Washington State 8,510
National 445,580

Of all of the mental health professionals that work in the US, approximately 2% work in Washington State state.

Employment Growth for Mental health professionals In Washington State

7,640 8,590 11,100 9,830 8,510
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

Mental Health is a growing field in Washington State. 870 more mental health professionals were working in Washington State in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, the field of mental health has grown by 11% in Washington State. This growth is slower than the change in the number of mental health professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of mental health professionals has grown by 12% from 2006 to 2010.

Mental Health VS. All Professions salaries in Washington State

$37,205 $36,454 $36,526 $36,808 $38,620
$48,545 $50,054 $51,159 $52,682 $54,489
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Mental Health
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The salaries paid to mental health professionals are growing in Washington State. The mean salary for mental health professionals in 2006 was $37,205 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $38,620 per year.

Salary percentiles for Mental health professionals in Washington State

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90th percentile

Thus, mental health professionals' salaries grew by 4% in 4 years. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. In the state of Washington State, there is a huge variation in pay, within the field of mental health. The pay differential between the highest paid mental health professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket is 91%

Average Salaries for Mental health professionals and related professions in Washington State

Clinical Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Mental Health
School Psychology
Social Work
Sports Psychology

Mental health professionals in Washington State earn, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Mental Health programs available for each degree type for all schools in Washington State


As the number of mental health professionals is increasing in Washington State state, the number of students graduating from the 5 accredited mental health schools in Washington State state is also increasing. In 2006 there were 31 mental health graduates from mental health courses in Washington State and in 2010 there were 88 graduates.

This represents a 184% increase in the number of mental health degree or certificate school graduates in Washington State state. 50% of these graduates received an undergraduate certificate in mental health.

Mental Health Faculty Salaries in Washington State

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The number of mental health faculty, growth in the field of mental health academia and mental health faculty salaries in Washington State, is all data we are currently in the process of collecting. If you are involved in teaching mental health courses to students at the certificate in mental health, associates degree in mental health, and masters degree in mental health levels, please take a moment to anonymously submit your information to help us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future faculty in the field of mental health in Washington State. Once you submit your information, you will get a chance to see an overview of what we have learned thus far from you and your peers.

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