Buffalo, NY (population: 267,037) has two medical billing and coding schools within its city limits. University at Buffalo, the highest ranked school in the city with a medical billing and coding program, has a total student population of 28,881. It is the 841st highest ranked school in the USA and the 68th highest in the state of New York (#1 is Columbia University in the City of New York).
Medical Billing and Coding students from Buffalo schools who go on to become medical billing and coding specialists, medical billing specialists, medical administrators, medical secretaries, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 170,580 people working as medical records and health information technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,880. Also, Emergency medical technicians and paramedics make on average $33,020 per year and there are about 217,920 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area alone, there are 520 employed emergency medical technicians and paramedics earning an average salary of $30,010. Medical records and health information technicians in this area earn $35,780/yr and there are 570 employed.
Buffalo lies in Erie county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area has 534,300 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.69/hr average worker wage, and a $40,960 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.061 out of every 1000 jobs in Buffalo are held by medical records and health information technicians, and 0.979/1000 are held by emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Of the 2 medical billing and coding schools in Buffalo, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University at Buffalo comes out as the most expensive ($10,796/yr) for medical billing and coding students, with Trocaire College as the lowest, reported at only $10,177/yr.