Research Salaries in Washington

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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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