Seattle, WA (population: 614,214) has two home inspection schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Bellingham Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a home inspection program, has a total student population of 2,864. It is the 3340th highest ranked school in the USA and the 59th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Home Inspection students from Seattle schools who go on to become home inspectors, real estate inspectors, housing quality standard inspectors, housing inspectors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 90,730 people working as construction and building inspectors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $53,550. Also, Fire inspectors and investigators make on average $56,310 per year and there are about 12,180 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 110 employed fire inspectors and investigators earning an average salary of $83,030. Construction and building inspectors in this area earn $65,550/yr and there are 1,130 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 0.807 out of every 1000 jobs in Seattle are held by construction and building inspectors, and 0.079/1000 are held by fire inspectors and investigators.
Of the 2 home inspection schools with a 100-mile radius of Seattle, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Bellingham Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($8,289/yr) for home inspection students, with Edmonds Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,935/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|