Paterson, NJ (population: 145,162) has twenty-three audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Columbia University in the City of New York, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 24,230. It is the 4th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of New York.
Audio students from Paterson 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 New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,860 employed sound engineering technicians earning an average salary of $58,040. Audio and video equipment technicians in this area earn $55,730/yr and there are 4,610 employed.
Paterson lies in Passaic county, which is one of the 11 counties in New Jersey. Overall, the New York-White Plains-Wayne-NJ Metropolitan area has 5,063,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.4% unemployment rate, $27.05/hr average worker wage, and a $56,250 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.911 out of every 1000 jobs in Paterson are held by audio and video equipment technicians, and 0.565/1000 are held by sound engineering technicians.
Of the 23 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Paterson, only 12 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, New York University comes out as the most expensive ($34,011/yr) for audio students, with CUNY Lehman College as the lowest, reported at only $4,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Paterson|
|West Paterson||NJ||-||1||20.7455||20||2.3 miles|
|West Orange||NJ||49,330||0||-||0||9.8 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||10.7 miles|
|South Orange||NJ||-||1||63.933||113||12.3 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||13.5 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||14.8 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||15.9 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||17.3 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||17.9 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||19.9 miles|