Seattle, WA (population: 614,214) has three fashion merchandising schools within its city limits. The Art Institute of Seattle, the highest ranked school in the city with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 2,282. It is the 2958th highest ranked school in the USA and the 56th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Fashion Merchandising students from Seattle schools who go on to become fashion merchandisers, fashion designers, fashion models, fashion marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 61,280 people working as merchandise displayers and window trimmers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $28,480. Also, Commercial and industrial designers make on average $61,400 per year and there are about 29,170 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 600 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $63,690. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $33,350/yr and there are 580 employed.
Seattle lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.411 out of every 1000 jobs in Seattle are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0.425/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 3 fashion merchandising schools in Seattle, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Seattle comes out as the most expensive ($28,174/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Seattle Central Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,598/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Seattle|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||21.4 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||33.4 miles|