Best Colleges in Washington by Salary Potential

Find out what kind of salary your bachelor’s degree could earn you. Check out this ranking of Washington’s best four-year colleges by earning potential.

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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$59,900$111,80052%34%

1University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$59,900
Mid-Career Pay$111,800
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees34%
2Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,400$111,30059%12%

2Seattle University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,400
Mid-Career Pay$111,300
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees12%
3Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,200$109,00052%28%

3Whitman College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,200
Mid-Career Pay$109,000
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees28%
4Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,300$108,00050%19%

4Gonzaga University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,300
Mid-Career Pay$108,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees19%
5Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,500$107,50051%9%

5Seattle Pacific University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,500
Mid-Career Pay$107,500
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees9%
6State SchoolBachelorsPublic$58,200$104,10054%26%

6University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$58,200
Mid-Career Pay$104,100
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees26%
7Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$54,600$102,20050%20%

7Washington State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$54,600
Mid-Career Pay$102,200
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees20%
8Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,900$101,50045%21%

8University of Puget Sound
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,900
Mid-Career Pay$101,500
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees21%
9State SchoolBachelorsPublic$53,000$99,40046%16%

9Western Washington University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$53,000
Mid-Career Pay$99,400
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees16%
10Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,300$96,80053%20%

10Pacific Lutheran University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,300
Mid-Career Pay$96,800
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees20%
11Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,500$95,30054%22%

11Walla Walla University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$95,300
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees22%
12Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,700$92,60053%4%

12City University of Seattle
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$92,600
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees4%
13State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,300$92,50047%13%

13Central Washington University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,300
Mid-Career Pay$92,500
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees13%
14Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,500$89,10053%18%

14Whitworth University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$89,100
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees18%
15Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,100$86,20059%29%

15Saint Martin's University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$86,200
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees29%
16State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,600$85,80052%23%

16University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$85,800
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees23%
17For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,700$83,10053%17%

17Eastern Washington University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,700
Mid-Career Pay$83,100
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees17%
18Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,000$82,40048%3%

18Northwest University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,000
Mid-Career Pay$82,400
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees3%
19State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,400$81,400N/A8%

19Columbia Basin College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees8%
20State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,200$80,40046%0%

20The Evergreen State College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,400
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees0%
21State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,100$79,80059%14%

21Bellevue College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,100
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees14%
22Art, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,100$79,60037%0%

22Cornish College of the Arts
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,100
Mid-Career Pay$79,600
% High Meaning37%
% STEM Degrees0%
23Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,100$78,400N/A0%

23Bastyr University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,100
Mid-Career Pay$78,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
24State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,700$77,400N/A9%

24Clark College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$77,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees9%
25Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,600$76,400N/A0%

25Antioch University-Seattle
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$76,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
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Graduates of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA earn the highest starting salaries. UW is also the largest school in Washington – that’s a lot of Huskies.

Basketball powerhouse Gonzaga University often comes in highfor early career earnings. Obviously we aren’t including the salaries of professional athletes who graduated from these schools, like Warren Moon, Brandon Roy, Zach Scott, Nate Robinson and more.

Walla Walla University alumni are likely to say that their jobs make the world a better place – around 80 percent say their work is meaningful.


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