Kirkland, WA (population: 48,153) has four audio schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Washington-Seattle Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with an audio program, has a total student population of 45,943. It is the 26th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Washington.
Audio students from Kirkland 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 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 260 employed sound engineering technicians earning an average salary of $53,200. Audio and video equipment technicians in this area earn $42,500/yr and there are 540 employed.
Kirkland lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.386 out of every 1000 jobs in Kirkland are held by audio and video equipment technicians, and 0.185/1000 are held by sound engineering technicians.
Of the 4 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Kirkland, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Washington University comes out as the most expensive ($12,228/yr) for audio students, with Highline Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,635/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Kirkland|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||26.5 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||37.5 miles|