Research Salaries in Washington

Salaries for those who meet teaching requirements in Washington are primarily determined by educational attainment, with higher degrees or more credit hours completed since the most recent degree leading to higher salaries. The number of years of service a teacher has also affects the teacher’s salary, with more years of educational experience leading to a higher minimum salary disbursement. As a result, while students only need to acquire a bachelor’s degree before becoming a teacher in Washington, it can often be a good idea to pursue a master’s degree as well to ensure a higher minimum salary. A Washington certified teacher may receive a higher salary than that listed here, as salary negotiations take place at the district level. As a result, teaching salaries in Washington may vary from area to area within the state.

The following spreadsheet, which uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates the average salary for those with different forms of teaching certification in Washington and how it stacks up to other parts of the U.S.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Washington Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $78,590 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $76,890 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $62,270 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $60,500 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $56,260 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $28,410 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $53,860 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $59,680 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $60,390 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $61,210 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $57,890 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $59,120 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $60,730 $39,370

Another thing that may affect how much a teacher is paid is the region of the state in which the teaching occurs. The following spreadsheet compares teaching salaries in a few major metropolitan areas of the state, showing that pay is comparable in most regions.

City Annual mean wage
Olympia, WA $46,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division $55,470
Spokane, WA $47,100

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Bates Technical College

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1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 680-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Bellevue College

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3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
(425) 564-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Central Washington University

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400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Clark College

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1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663-3598
(360) 992-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Eastern Washington University

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526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004-2496
(509) 359-6200

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Gonzaga University

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E 502 Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258-0001
(509) 328-4220

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Green River Community College

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12401 SE 320th St
Auburn, WA 98092-3622
(253) 833-9111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Heritage University

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3240 Fort Rd
Toppenish, WA 98948
(509) 865-8500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Lower Columbia College

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1600 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632-0310
(360) 442-2311

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Northwest University

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5520 108th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
(425) 822-8266

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Pacific Lutheran University

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1010 122nd St So
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
(253) 531-6900

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

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9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
(253) 964-6500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Saint Martin's University

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5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
(360) 491-4700

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Seattle Central College

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1701 Broadway Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 934-3800

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Seattle Pacific University

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3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119-1997
(206) 281-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Seattle University

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900 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122-4340
(206) 296-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

South Seattle College

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6000 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106-1499
(206) 934-5300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Spokane Falls Community College

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3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane, WA 99224-5288
(509) 533-3500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

University of Puget Sound

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1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416
(253) 879-3100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195-4550
(206) 543-2100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters
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