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Washington DC Schools

Academia in Washington DC is a thriving field. The trends in Washington DC's academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Washington DC By Profession

198 184 243 193
172 153 178 134
1,043 974 945 1,047
1,200 1,181 1,165 1,179
1,547 1,535 1,333 1,333
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

In 2009 there were 3,886 higher education faculty at the 25 colleges and universities in Washington DC, where in 2006 there were 4,160.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a decrease of 6%.

Average faculty salaries in Washington DC

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

In Washington DC, on average, higher education faculty make $64,854 per year, which is more than what faculty earn around the country, which averages $57,293 per year. And generally, in Washington DC, male faculty earn 10% more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Washington DC

No data at this time.

Of the 4,740 college faculty in Washington DC, 47% are tenured. Another 16% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Washington DC by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Washington DC Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 3.09% 5.31% 25.38%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Washington DC
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in Washington DC by 59% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 59%. This data shows that in Washington DC, working full-time in academia is becoming less common.

National Vs. Washington DC Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 25.09% 49.28% 59.21%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Washington DC
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Washington DC

No data at this time.

And in 2009 16% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. While as many as 19% of full-time faculty in Washington DC identified themselves as being from a minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Washington DC

No data at this time.

National Vs. Washington DC Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 4.68% 14.91% 29.24%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Washington DC
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Washington DC has increased by 29%. This is consistent with national statistics, which show that of the 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally in 2006, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background, while of the 855,625 faculty working in 2009, 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Washington DC by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Washington DC by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Washington DC Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 11.1% 20.66% 34.56%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Washington DC
  • Light Blue: National

As the percentage of minorities in academia has grown in Washington DC, the percentage of women has also increased. And the number of women faculty at colleges and universities around the nation has also increased. Between 2006 and 2009, there has been a 9% change.

National Vs. Washington DC Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 8.09% 16.17% 37.23%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Washington DC
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Washington DC Faculty employment by Gender

National Washington DC
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Washington DC


Consistent with the decline in the number of collegiate-level faculty in Washington DC, the number of students studying in institutions of higher learning has also decreased in the state.

Currently Washington DC has 51,016 graduate students and 80,166 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Washington DC

1081 1086 1032 1085 444
8864 8594 9158 8718 7153
592 593 1074 1986 3259
8083 8177 8657 9349 7889
3873 3867 3861 3147 995
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Washington DC


A total of 5,809 students graduated from colleges and universities in Washington DC in 2009. Approximately 56% of these students graduated from masters and doctoral degree programs. Another 36% graduated from bachelors-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Washington DC


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the colleges and universities in Washington DC.

Retention rates in Washington DC

Returning Students 50%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Washington DC, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 50 students return to school the following year and 42 students eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Washington DC

Graduation Students 42%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Washington DC Students By Gender

National Washington DC
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Faculty Salaries in Washington DC

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  1. Washington DC Business Schools91,498 Employed
  2. Washington DC Law Schools45,792 Employed
  3. Washington DC Teaching Schools31,169 Employed
  4. Washington DC Biology Schools26,241 Employed
  5. Washington DC Engineering Schools22,253 Employed
  6. Washington DC Psychology Schools21,646 Employed
  7. Washington DC Business Administration Schools20,067 Employed
  8. Washington DC Art Schools19,853 Employed
  9. Washington DC International Business Schools17,676 Employed
  10. Washington DC Educational Leadership Schools17,518 Employed
  11. Washington DC Health Science Schools15,543 Employed
  12. Washington DC Liberal Arts Schools15,331 Employed
  13. Washington DC Math Schools15,330 Employed
  14. Washington DC Communications Schools14,959 Employed
  15. Washington DC Public Administration Schools14,563 Employed
  16. Washington DC Nursing Schools14,335 Employed
  17. Washington DC Public Health Schools13,914 Employed
  18. Washington DC Theology Schools13,431 Employed
  19. Washington DC Special Education Schools12,916 Employed
  20. Washington DC Public Relations Schools12,234 Employed
  21. Washington DC Accounting Schools11,954 Employed
  22. Washington DC Healthcare Administration Schools11,670 Employed
  23. Washington DC Music Schools11,248 Employed
  24. Washington DC Finance Schools11,035 Employed
  25. Washington DC English Schools10,925 Employed
  26. Washington DC Criminal Justice Schools10,871 Employed
  27. Washington DC Political Science Schools10,841 Employed
  28. Washington DC History Schools10,300 Employed
  29. Washington DC Physics Schools9,412 Employed
  30. Washington DC Information Technology Schools9,380 Employed
  31. Washington DC Management Schools9,130 Employed
  32. Washington DC Journalism Schools8,410 Employed
  33. Washington DC Information Systems Schools8,390 Employed
  34. Washington DC Biochemistry Schools7,968 Employed
  35. Washington DC Human Resources Schools7,910 Employed
  36. Washington DC Marketing Schools7,879 Employed
  37. Washington DC Chemistry Schools7,673 Employed
  38. Washington DC Counseling Schools7,068 Employed
  39. Washington DC MBA Schools7,044 Employed
  40. Washington DC Sociology Schools6,996 Employed
  41. Washington DC Early Childhood Education Schools6,639 Employed
  42. Washington DC Design Schools6,243 Employed
  43. Washington DC Biomedical Engineering Schools6,185 Employed
  44. Washington DC Computer Science Schools5,879 Employed
  45. Washington DC Advertising Schools5,508 Employed
  46. Washington DC Film Schools5,369 Employed
  47. Washington DC Video Production Schools5,369 Employed
  48. Washington DC Elementary Education Schools5,344 Employed
  49. Washington DC Hospitality Schools5,199 Employed
  50. Washington DC Clinical Psychology Schools4,525 Employed
  51. Washington DC Civil Engineering Schools4,330 Employed
  52. Washington DC Human Services Schools4,246 Employed
  53. Washington DC Social Work Schools4,246 Employed
  54. Washington DC Business Management Schools4,012 Employed
  55. Washington DC Mechanical Engineering Schools3,948 Employed
  56. Washington DC Architecture Schools3,948 Employed
  57. Washington DC Speech Therapy Schools3,867 Employed
  58. Washington DC Organizational Psychology Schools3,856 Employed
  59. Washington DC Paralegal Schools3,580 Employed
  60. Washington DC BSN Schools3,446 Employed
  61. Washington DC Forensic Nursing Schools3,446 Employed
  62. Washington DC RN to BSN Schools3,446 Employed
  63. Washington DC Visual Communications Schools3,348 Employed
  64. Washington DC Radiology Technology Schools2,995 Employed
  65. Washington DC Computer Engineering Schools2,987 Employed
  66. Washington DC Interior Design Schools2,927 Employed
  67. Washington DC School Psychology Schools2,897 Employed
  68. Washington DC Property Management Schools2,892 Employed
  69. Washington DC Physician Assistant Schools2,889 Employed
  70. Washington DC Physical Therapy Schools2,889 Employed
  71. Washington DC Creative Writing Schools2,870 Employed
  72. Washington DC Sports Management Schools2,594 Employed
  73. Washington DC Nutrition Schools2,285 Employed
  74. Washington DC Mental Health Schools2,226 Employed
  75. Washington DC Homeland Security Schools2,084 Employed
  76. Washington DC Computer Networking Schools1,954 Employed
  77. Washington DC Sonography Schools1,928 Employed
  78. Washington DC Ultrasound Technology Schools1,928 Employed
  79. Washington DC Sports Medicine Schools1,928 Employed
  80. Washington DC Project Management Schools1,928 Employed
  81. Washington DC Forensic Science Schools1,928 Employed
  82. Washington DC Criminology Schools1,928 Employed
  83. Washington DC Fashion Schools1,922 Employed
  84. Washington DC Graphic Design Schools1,660 Employed
  85. Washington DC Ministry Schools1,638 Employed
  86. Washington DC Small Business Schools1,098 Employed
  87. Washington DC Veterinary Schools961 Employed
  88. Washington DC Risk Management Schools961 Employed
  89. Washington DC Fashion Design Schools961 Employed
  90. Washington DC Fashion Marketing Schools961 Employed
  91. Washington DC Fashion Merchandising Schools961 Employed
  92. Washington DC Occupational Therapy Schools961 Employed
  93. Washington DC Animation Schools942 Employed
  94. Washington DC Computer Animation Schools942 Employed
  95. Washington DC Video Game Design Schools942 Employed
  96. Washington DC Christian Counseling Schools677 Employed
  97. Washington DC Respiratory Therapy Schools382 Employed
  98. Washington DC Software Engineering Schools382 Employed
  99. Washington DC Construction Management Schools382 Employed
  100. Washington DC Electrical Engineering Schools382 Employed
  101. Washington DC Fire Science Schools382 Employed
  102. Washington DC Computer Programming Schools15 Employed
  103. Washington DC Web Design Schools15 Employed
  104. Washington DC Web Development Schools15 Employed
  105. Washington DC Medical Billing Schools11 Employed
  106. Washington DC Forensic Psychology Schools0 Employed

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