Merced, CA (population: 78,579) has twenty-seven massage therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Adrians Beauty College of Turlock, the highest ranked school in this group with a massage therapy program, has a total student population of 192. It is the 848th highest ranked school in the USA and the 55th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Massage Therapy students from Merced schools who go on to become licensed massage therapists, massage therapists, certified massage therapists, licensed massage practitioners, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 55,920 people working as massage therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $39,780.
Merced lies in Merced county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Merced area has 59,560 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,040 average annual salary.
Of the 27 massage therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Merced, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, High-Tech Institute-Sacramento comes out as the most expensive ($27,279/yr) for massage therapy students, with De Anza College as the lowest, reported at only $3,899/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Merced|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||75.4 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||82.1 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||87.1 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||89.0 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||91.2 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||95.0 miles|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||95.9 miles|