Prescott Valley, AZ (population: 41,046) has ten automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. East Valley Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 270. It is the 1263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Automotive and Mechanics students from Prescott Valley schools who go on to become automotive mechanics, automotive engineers, automotive technicians, mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Automotive body and related repairers make on average $41,020 per year and there are about 133,290 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Prescott area alone, there are 100 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $53,190. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $45,610/yr and there are 380 employed.
Prescott Valley lies in Yavapai county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Prescott area has 57,510 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $36,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 7 out of every 1000 jobs in Prescott Valley are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 2/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 10 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Prescott Valley, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc comes out as the most expensive ($61,320/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Yavapai College as the lowest, reported at only $4,664/yr.
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