Salem, OR (population: 157,890) has two acupuncture schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. National College of Natural Medicine, the highest ranked school in this group with an acupuncture program, has a total student population of 517. It is the 6566th highest ranked school in the USA and the 84th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Acupuncture students from Salem schools who go on to become acupuncturists, massage therapists, alternative medicinal caregivers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Health diagnosing and treating practitioners make on average $77,630 per year and there are about 32,960 of them employed in the US today.
Salem lies in Marion county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Salem area has 146,360 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $18.82/hr average worker wage, and a $39,140 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, National College of Natural Medicine comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for acupuncture students, with Oregon College of Oriental Medicine as the lowest, reported at only $/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Salem|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||36.3 miles|