Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has ten bookkeeping schools within its city limits. University of Phoenix-Online Campus, the highest ranked school in the city with a bookkeeping program, has a total student population of 380,232. It is the 636th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Bookkeeping students from Phoenix schools who go on to become bookkeepers, bookkeeping clerks, accounting managers, accounting officers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,757,870 people working as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,750. Also, Accountants and auditors make on average $67,430 per year and there are about 1,106,980 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 17,960 employed accountants and auditors earning an average salary of $58,040. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in this area earn $36,450/yr and there are 22,140 employed.
Phoenix lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 13 out of every 1000 jobs in Phoenix are held by bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, and 10/1000 are held by accountants and auditors.
Of the 10 bookkeeping schools in Phoenix, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Phoenix-Online Campus comes out as the most expensive ($25,066/yr) for bookkeeping students, with Phoenix College as the lowest, reported at only $8,058/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Phoenix|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||48.8 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||75.4 miles|