Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has three tax accounting schools within its city limits. Brookline College, the highest ranked school in the city with a tax accounting program, has a total student population of 379. It is the 3419th highest ranked school in the USA and the 45th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Tax Accounting students from Mesa schools who go on to become tax accountants, accountants, forensic accountants, tax preparers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,106,980 people working as accountants and auditors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $67,430. Also, Tax preparers make on average $36,060 per year and there are about 61,130 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 390 employed tax preparers earning an average salary of $39,530. Accountants and auditors in this area earn $58,040/yr and there are 17,960 employed.
Mesa lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 10 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by accountants and auditors, and 0/1000 are held by tax preparers.
Of the 3 tax accounting schools in Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest College-Mesa comes out as the most expensive ($25,179/yr) for tax accounting students, with Mesa Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,090/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mesa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||36.7 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||88.8 miles|