Western Washington University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Western Washington University ranks better than only 48% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Western Washington University ranks better than 77% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at Western Washington University

We calculated a salary score for each of Western Washington University's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Western Washington University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for WWU Bachelor's Degrees

WWU ranks higher than 48% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 38% $19,338 $46,087 38%
Anthropology 57% $20,500 $27,564 57%
Area Studies 16% $26,341 $25,774 16%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 46% $21,500 $33,138 46%
Biology, General 52% $14,960 $29,250 52%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 65% $19,000 $46,282 65%
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences 70% $20,500 $33,993 70%
Chemistry 46% $22,908 $37,568 46%
Communication and Media Studies 76% $18,033 $38,034 76%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 53% $16,034 $26,353 53%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 71% $21,557 $66,541 71%
Design and Applied Arts 73% $15,500 $39,909 73%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 83% $24,000 $27,416 83%
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 32% $20,000 $26,353 32%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 10% Not Reported $21,508 10%
Economics 20% $19,500 $39,153 20%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 39% $24,646 $68,219 39%
English Language and Literature, General 26% $15,000 $25,826 26%
Finance and Financial Management Services 24% $16,665 $43,575 24%
Fine and Studio Arts 67% $22,686 $28,598 67%
Geography and Cartography 16% $18,308 $29,685 16%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 22% $21,500 $32,162 22%
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 29% Not Reported $29,685 29%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 57% $21,839 $30,988 57%
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs 52% $17,573 $31,547 52%
History 19% $20,247 $25,001 19%
Human Services, General 52% $20,832 $32,869 52%
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians 90% Not Reported $69,338 90%
International Business 30% $20,603 $41,565 30%
Journalism 42% $21,500 $31,523 42%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9% Not Reported $22,999 9%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 61% $16,250 $31,133 61%
Management Information Systems and Services 54% $18,500 $55,840 54%
Manufacturing Engineering 42% $24,166 $62,260 42%
Marketing 54% $16,793 $43,054 54%
Mathematics 15% $17,500 $34,530 15%
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians 34% Not Reported $54,713 34%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 68% $15,730 $36,077 68%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 48% $22,669 $31,205 48%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 12% $20,627 $25,826 12%
Music 24% $20,500 $22,766 24%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 22% $18,756 $27,874 22%
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 42% $15,166 $28,236 42%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 17% $18,348 $25,774 17%
Philosophy 15% Not Reported $21,508 15%
Political Science and Government 45% $19,166 $34,381 45%
Polymer/Plastics Engineering 49% $25,000 $63,749 49%
Psychology, General 45% $19,000 $29,337 45%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 72% $12,500 $72,022 72%
Research and Experimental Psychology 98% Not Reported $48,432 98%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 29% $19,059 $25,330 29%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 45% $18,571 $31,915 45%
Sociology 24% $17,313 $28,655 24%
Special Education and Teaching 99% $24,778 $48,980 99%
Sustainability Studies 23% $18,500 $31,133 23%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 99% $21,500 $48,198 99%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 96% $26,489 $46,217 96%

Salary Scores for WWU Master's Degrees

WWU ranks higher than 54% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Business Administration, Management and Operations 34% $30,200 $62,012 34%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 82% $36,799 $62,012 82%
Mathematics 92% Not Reported $75,204 92%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 36% Not Reported $46,790 36%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 29% Not Reported $50,439 29%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 79% $25,773 $52,822 79%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 1% $28,500 $28,598 1%

Western Washington University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Rachel S 10/4/2019

Pros: Excellent location, right across the border for international opportunities, drivable distance to seattle for events, conferences and internships. Excellent School if you know exactly what you want to do, lots of structure for beaten path students. Diversity, equity, and accessibility are made a priority by administration. Abundance of alumni in STEM fields. Great university for the price. Cons: Little to no structure for off-the-beaten-path/undecided students. If you change your major, good luck in... Read More

Mary Sanborn 8/19/2019

If you want a small university feel in a beautiful setting, WWU is for you. The one thing I loved about attending WWU was the city it was located in: Bellingham. Bellingham offers so many outdoor activities like hiking, biking, swimming in the Lake Whatcom, or just exploring downtown by foot. Bellingham's downtown offers a fun night life as well. You will meet a lot of great people, and make good friends, at WWU. However, if you want the traditional college experience of football, Greek life, and alumni connections/pride... Read More