Kansas City, MO (population: 454,520) has two audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Kansas, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 29,242. It is the 984th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Audio students from Kansas City schools who go on to become audio professionals, audio production engineers, audio engineers, audio recording professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 46,070 people working as audio and video equipment technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $42,450. Also, Sound engineering technicians make on average $53,940 per year and there are about 15,560 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 50 employed sound engineering technicians earning an average salary of $29,490. Audio and video equipment technicians in this area earn $33,770/yr and there are 230 employed.
Kansas City lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.230 out of every 1000 jobs in Kansas City are held by audio and video equipment technicians, and 0.051/1000 are held by sound engineering technicians.
Of the 2 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Kansas City, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Kansas comes out as the most expensive ($17,254/yr) for audio students, with University of Central Missouri as the lowest, reported at only $8,638/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kansas City|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||1.0 miles|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||16.6 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||16.7 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||46.6 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||89.0 miles|