Merced, CA (population: 78,579) has twenty-five medical billing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Stanford University, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical billing program, has a total student population of 18,498. It is the 3rd highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Medical Billing students from Merced schools who go on to become medical billing specialists, medical administrators, medical secretaries, medical office assistants, 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.
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 25 medical billing schools with a 100-mile radius of Merced, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Clovis Adult Education comes out as the most expensive ($28,959/yr) for medical billing students, with Cosumnes River College as the lowest, reported at only $5,940/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|