Rapid City, SD (population: 68,063) has one carpentry school within its city limits. Western Dakota Technical Institute has a total student population of 1,152. It is the 3669th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of South Dakota (#1 is Augustana College).
Carpentry students from Rapid City schools who go on to become carpenters, construction managers, construction workers, construction engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 743,760 people working as carpenters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,640. Also, Construction laborers make on average $33,190 per year and there are about 856,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Rapid City area alone, there are 430 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $25,380. Carpenters in this area earn $30,620/yr and there are 830 employed.
Rapid City lies in Pennington county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Rapid City area has 59,810 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $16.18/hr average worker wage, and a $33,650 average annual salary. Thus, about 13.868 out of every 1000 jobs in Rapid City are held by carpenters, and 7.213/1000 are held by construction laborers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Western Dakota Technical Institute ends up costing a student $8,978/yr.
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