Average Salary for University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) Alumni

The University of Nevada is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Las Vegas, Nev., the school is ranked in the top 23 percent of universities by return on investment. The school has a strong sports tradition (Go Rebels!) and its urban campus offers many benefits for its students. The data for this synopsis comes from former UNLV students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Operations Manager
6 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Elementary School Teacher
4 salaries
Financial Controller
4 salaries
Staff Accountant
4 salaries
Executive Director
4 salaries
Restaurant Manager
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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About This School

4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV 89154

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former UNLV students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including IT services, public K-12 education, and the education industry. The hotel industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Following graduation, UNLV students earn an average of $57K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $50K where the average male graduate hauls home $65K.


The biggest paychecks among UNLV alumni are earned by Financial Controllers — these former students make a median salary of $70K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Marketing Managers (around $69K) and Operations Managers (about $59K). On the lower end, Elementary School Teachers report making approximately $42K.


Upon earning their degrees, many UNLV grads prefer to remain in Las Vegas; in fact, about one-half of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. The top-paying city popular with UNLV alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of $76K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by UNLV alumni is Denver, Colo., where earnings average around $45K. Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

Former Rebels who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn a median salary of approximately $129K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Master of Education (MEd), Elementary Education tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $38K per year.


Former Rebels who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 27 percent more than other alumni ($72K on average). Microsoft Office is a popular skill among UNLV alumni, with roughly an eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Operations Management are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-fourth of alumni, respectively). Most survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. It is no small feat that a large number of survey participants are given health coverage, and a fair number of grads accept dental insurance. Other benefits that University of Nevada alumni receive are a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Portland State University grads report the most similar salaries to UNLV alums, earning about $58K on average. Other schools similar to UNLV include Northern Arizona University, San Diego State University, and the University of Colorado Denver.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1310 1640
ACT Scores 19 24

Key Stats for University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)


47 %
53 %
$30,505 - $68,800
$37,576 - $90,657

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
$34,681 - $75,246
$27,000 - $73,268
$49,793 - $73,729
$42,963 - $65,000
$41,379 - $100,000

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