Manhattan, KS (population: 53,426) has two automotive and mechanics schools within its city limits. Kansas State University, the highest ranked school in the city with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 23,581. It is the 875th highest ranked school in the USA and the 9th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Automotive and Mechanics students from Manhattan 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 Kansas nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 650 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $34,390. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $32,070/yr and there are 2,230 employed.
Manhattan lies in Riley county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Kansas nonmetropolitan area has 444,090 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.63/hr average worker wage, and a $32,500 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.011 out of every 1000 jobs in Manhattan are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 1.466/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 2 automotive and mechanics schools in Manhattan, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kansas State University comes out as the most expensive ($13,354/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Manhattan Area Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $8,666/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Manhattan|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||87.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||96.1 miles|