Tacoma, WA (population: 200,855) has three 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 Tacoma 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.
Tacoma lies in Pierce county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Tacoma Metropolitan area has 265,490 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $21.39/hr average worker wage, and a $44,480 average annual salary.
Of the 3 audio schools with a 100-mile radius of Tacoma, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Washington-Seattle Campus comes out as the most expensive ($8,906/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 Tacoma|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||7.0 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||11.7 miles|