Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has four special education schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of New Mexico-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a special education program, has a total student population of 27,241. It is the 1620th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Special Education students from Albuquerque schools who go on to become special education teachers, special education educators, special educators, sign language interpreters, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 146,240 people working as special education teachers, secondary school alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $56,420. Also, Special education teachers, middle school make on average $54,750 per year and there are about 102,490 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Albuquerque area alone, there are 430 employed special education teachers, middle school earning an average salary of $57,440. Special education teachers, secondary school in this area earn $50,740/yr and there are 310 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.805 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by special education teachers, secondary school, and 1.123/1000 are held by special education teachers, middle school.
Of the 4 special education schools with a 100-mile radius of Albuquerque, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of New Mexico-Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($10,302/yr) for special education students, with Northern New Mexico College as the lowest, reported at only $5,623/yr.