Tacoma, WA (population: 200,855) has two culinary schools within its city limits. BJ's Beauty and Barber College, the highest ranked school in the city with a culinary program, has a total student population of 84. It is the 2045th highest ranked school in the USA and the 38th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Culinary students from Tacoma schools who go on to become culinary artists, bakers, chefs, cooks, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 140,510 people working as bakers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $25,350. Also, Cooks, private household make on average $27,720 per year and there are about 770 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 2 culinary schools in Tacoma, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bates Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($12,542/yr) for culinary students, with BJ's Beauty and Barber College as the lowest, reported at only $10,032/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|