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Washington State Schools

The field of academia is a declining field in Washington State. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in Washington State.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Washington State By Profession

994 1,086 1,232 1,026
520 456 436 396
1,625 1,677 1,734 1,672
1,754 1,779 1,737 1,787
2,279 2,265 2,328 2,306
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

The number of faculty at Washington State's 125 colleges and universities grew from 7,172 members to 7,187 between the years 2006 and 2009.

Thus, there has been a 1% increase in the number of collegiate level faculty in the state.

Average faculty salaries in Washington State

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Washington State state is $58,435 per year, which is more than faculty salaries around the nation, which average $57,293 per year. And male faculty in Washington State earn more than female faculty by 9%.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Washington State

No data at this time.

Approximately 49% of Washington State's 7,933 college faculty members are tenured, while 20% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Washington State 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 State Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 1.64% 4.39% -1.95%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Washington State
  • Light Blue: National

In Washington State the number of full-time faculty in the state has shrunk by 2%. Similarly from 2006 to 2009, the number of part-time faculty has also decreased by 1%. Thus, working part-time is becoming less popular in Washington State.

National Vs. Washington State Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 2.33% -1.55% -1.25%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Washington State
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Washington State

No data at this time.

In 2009 11% of part-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background. While as many as 13% of full-time faculty in Washington State identified themselves as being from a minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Washington State

No data at this time.

National Vs. Washington State Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 5.79% 3.13% -3.21%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Washington State
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Washington State's minority faculty has seen a 1% decrease. This is not in line 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 State 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 State 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 State Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 0.17% -4.05% -5.68%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Washington State
  • Light Blue: National

The percentage of women working in academia in Washington State has also decreased over the past few years. And nationally, from 2006 to 2009, the number of women faculty at colleges and universities has increased by 9%.

National Vs. Washington State Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 3.87% 5.99% 2.53%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Washington State
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Washington State Faculty employment by Gender

National Washington State
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 45%
Women 55%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Washington State


Consistent with the growth in the number of higher education faculty in Washington State, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased in Washington State.

There are currently 325,499 undergraduate students in the state and 32,429 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Washington State

21649 21114 21237 21926 21222
26136 26330 27794 27038 27277
865 870 1300 1500 2272
8225 7938 8262 8299 9365
14242 14308 13570 16857 19710
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Washington State


In Washington State, 29,315 students graduated from institutions of higher learning in 2009. Approximately 34% of these students graduated from bachelor's degree programs. Another 15% graduated from graduate-level programs.

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


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

Retention rates in Washington State

Returning Students 60%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Washington State, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 60 students return to school the following year and 47 students eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Washington State

Graduation Students 47%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Washington State Students By Gender

National Washington State
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 44%
Women 56%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Washington State is not very diverse. Of the 357,928 students studying in Washington State's institutions of higher learning, 56% are female, and 20% are from an ethnic or racial minority. These numbers are consistent with national statistics. Approximately 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from racial or ethnic minority backgrounds.

National Vs. Washington State Students Minorities

National Washington State
Minorities 29%
Minorities 20%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Washington State

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  1. Washington State Business Schools150,045 Employed
  2. Washington State Teaching Schools91,477 Employed
  3. Washington State Engineering Schools75,141 Employed
  4. Washington State Music Schools65,752 Employed
  5. Washington State Art Schools63,302 Employed
  6. Washington State Biology Schools59,656 Employed
  7. Washington State Law Schools48,023 Employed
  8. Washington State Management Schools41,903 Employed
  9. Washington State Math Schools38,513 Employed
  10. Washington State Business Administration Schools38,148 Employed
  11. Washington State Liberal Arts Schools37,755 Employed
  12. Washington State Psychology Schools35,434 Employed
  13. Washington State Educational Leadership Schools32,486 Employed
  14. Washington State Design Schools30,450 Employed
  15. Washington State Accounting Schools27,970 Employed
  16. Washington State Visual Communications Schools24,969 Employed
  17. Washington State Information Systems Schools24,835 Employed
  18. Washington State Nursing Schools24,598 Employed
  19. Washington State English Schools24,251 Employed
  20. Washington State Information Technology Schools23,454 Employed
  21. Washington State Public Health Schools23,310 Employed
  22. Washington State Physics Schools22,078 Employed
  23. Washington State Health Science Schools20,955 Employed
  24. Washington State Counseling Schools20,383 Employed
  25. Washington State History Schools19,752 Employed
  26. Washington State BSN Schools18,990 Employed
  27. Washington State Forensic Nursing Schools18,990 Employed
  28. Washington State RN to BSN Schools18,990 Employed
  29. Washington State MBA Schools18,594 Employed
  30. Washington State Criminal Justice Schools17,446 Employed
  31. Washington State Marketing Schools17,105 Employed
  32. Washington State Speech Therapy Schools17,041 Employed
  33. Washington State Architecture Schools16,979 Employed
  34. Washington State Political Science Schools15,071 Employed
  35. Washington State Business Management Schools14,308 Employed
  36. Washington State Forestry Schools13,882 Employed
  37. Washington State Mechanical Engineering Schools12,405 Employed
  38. Washington State Computer Networking Schools12,390 Employed
  39. Washington State Early Childhood Education Schools12,379 Employed
  40. Washington State Communications Schools12,153 Employed
  41. Washington State School Psychology Schools12,055 Employed
  42. Washington State Construction Management Schools11,995 Employed
  43. Washington State Finance Schools11,947 Employed
  44. Washington State Theology Schools11,795 Employed
  45. Washington State Nutrition Schools11,765 Employed
  46. Washington State Human Services Schools11,743 Employed
  47. Washington State Public Administration Schools11,630 Employed
  48. Washington State Journalism Schools11,425 Employed
  49. Washington State Chemistry Schools10,964 Employed
  50. Washington State Small Business Schools10,652 Employed
  51. Washington State Social Work Schools10,507 Employed
  52. Washington State Computer Science Schools10,425 Employed
  53. Washington State Sociology Schools10,400 Employed
  54. Washington State Human Resources Schools10,188 Employed
  55. Washington State Civil Engineering Schools10,064 Employed
  56. Washington State Elementary Education Schools9,786 Employed
  57. Washington State Special Education Schools9,721 Employed
  58. Washington State Culinary Schools9,720 Employed
  59. Washington State Healthcare Administration Schools9,285 Employed
  60. Washington State Graphic Design Schools9,186 Employed
  61. Washington State Drafting Schools9,095 Employed
  62. Washington State Biomedical Engineering Schools8,854 Employed
  63. Washington State Biochemistry Schools8,850 Employed
  64. Washington State Veterinary Schools8,832 Employed
  65. Washington State Computer Engineering Schools8,164 Employed
  66. Washington State Web Design Schools7,971 Employed
  67. Washington State Creative Writing Schools6,603 Employed
  68. Washington State Computer Programming Schools6,450 Employed
  69. Washington State Electrical Engineering Schools6,108 Employed
  70. Washington State Fire Science Schools5,940 Employed
  71. Washington State Sports Management Schools5,803 Employed
  72. Washington State Physical Therapy Schools5,722 Employed
  73. Washington State International Business Schools5,552 Employed
  74. Washington State Occupational Therapy Schools5,468 Employed
  75. Washington State Hospitality Schools5,423 Employed
  76. Washington State Industrial Design Schools5,193 Employed
  77. Washington State Web Development Schools5,034 Employed
  78. Washington State Property Management Schools4,959 Employed
  79. Washington State Clinical Psychology Schools4,504 Employed
  80. Washington State Medical Coding Schools4,429 Employed
  81. Washington State Healthcare Management Schools4,244 Employed
  82. Washington State Physician Assistant Schools4,177 Employed
  83. Washington State Health Information Management Schools4,177 Employed
  84. Washington State Paralegal Schools4,070 Employed
  85. Washington State Interior Design Schools3,965 Employed
  86. Washington State Carpentry Schools3,408 Employed
  87. Washington State Film Schools3,367 Employed
  88. Washington State Health Information Schools3,330 Employed
  89. Washington State Radiology Technology Schools3,289 Employed
  90. Washington State Dental Hygienist Schools3,239 Employed
  91. Washington State Fashion Schools2,992 Employed
  92. Washington State Fashion Design Schools2,615 Employed
  93. Washington State Sports Medicine Schools2,510 Employed
  94. Washington State Fashion Marketing Schools2,403 Employed
  95. Washington State Video Production Schools2,370 Employed
  96. Washington State Sonography Schools2,331 Employed
  97. Washington State Ultrasound Technology Schools2,331 Employed
  98. Washington State Respiratory Therapy Schools2,311 Employed
  99. Washington State Fashion Merchandising Schools2,283 Employed
  100. Washington State Homeland Security Schools1,975 Employed
  101. Washington State Advertising Schools1,919 Employed
  102. Washington State Public Relations Schools1,919 Employed
  103. Washington State Mental Health Schools1,880 Employed
  104. Washington State X Ray Technician Schools1,694 Employed
  105. Washington State Physical Therapy Assistant Schools1,680 Employed
  106. Washington State Surgical Technology Schools1,662 Employed
  107. Washington State Forensic Science Schools1,481 Employed
  108. Washington State Supply Chain Management Schools1,226 Employed
  109. Washington State Christian Counseling Schools1,210 Employed
  110. Washington State Medical Billing Schools1,121 Employed
  111. Washington State Music Production Schools1,054 Employed
  112. Washington State Animation Schools877 Employed
  113. Washington State Computer Animation Schools877 Employed
  114. Washington State Video Game Design Schools877 Employed
  115. Washington State Organizational Psychology Schools797 Employed
  116. Washington State Hotel Management Schools746 Employed
  117. Washington State Ministry Schools725 Employed
  118. Washington State Software Engineering Schools596 Employed
  119. Washington State Risk Management Schools541 Employed
  120. Washington State Gerontology Schools541 Employed
  121. Washington State Criminology Schools538 Employed
  122. Washington State Court Reporter Schools513 Employed

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