Bellingham has a general population of 67,171 and an overall student population of 22,765. Approximately 14,575 of Bellingham's students are enrolled in schools that offer speech therapy programs.
Western Washington University is the largest speech therapy school in Bellingham, based on student population. Approximately 29 students graduated in 2010 from Western Washington University with credentials in speech therapy.
In 2010, 52 students graduated with a speech therapy degree from one of Bellingham's speech therapy schools. Tuition in 2009 at Bellingham's speech therapy schools was $18,749 per year for instate students and $29,780 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,020 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a speech therapy program in Bellingham. And if you live on campus at one of the Bellingham-based speech therapy schools, you will have an added expense of $8,096 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $10,230.
If you decide to work as a speech therapist in Bellingham, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 52 speech therapists in Washington State were working in the greater Bellingham area. Bellingham's speech therapist workforce is projected to increase by 18% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for speech therapists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a speech therapist in Bellingham is $66,260 per year, which is lower than the average for speech therapists state-wide.
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