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

Around 22,000 undergrads attend the University of Nevada, a public research school in Las Vegas, Nev., grouped in the top 26 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Operations Manager
8 salaries
General Manager, Restaurant
6 salaries
Restaurant Manager
6 salaries
Financial Controller
6 salaries
Executive Assistant
6 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Staff Accountant
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Feb 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 444
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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

43 %

8 %

53 %

40 %

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The UNLV alumni can most commonly be found in the hotel management industry, the travel and hospitality services industry, and the casino hotel industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The hotel industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with an education from UNLV earn an average of $56K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $65K after graduating from UNLV, the average woman earns only around $52K.


The most lucrative professionals among UNLV alumni are Directors of Operations; they earn a median annual salary of approximately $87K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at about $57K and $54K are Operations Managers and Executive Directors. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Restaurant Managers — they bring in $41K.


Las Vegas is such a great city that UNLV alumni tend to stick around after wrapping up their studies, with close to one-half of grads staying on to find permanent work. UNLV alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, which offers median salaries of about $83K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UNLV grads is Seattle (median compensation is $48K). Alumni express interest in Los Angeles and San Diego as well.


Rolling in at around $51K, MGM Resorts International offers the highest salaries to former students of UNLV. Though Caesars Entertainment hands out the smallest paychecks at $48K, many students proceed to find jobs at this company.

Degree Major

UNLV grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning $108K per year. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business & Marketing fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $42K.


Project Management is a popular skill among UNLV alumni, with nearly one in eight grads reporting using it on the job. Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 27 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $72K). Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Operations Management also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only two-fifths of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. A strong majority of alums plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and most alumni also receive dental coverage. Other benefits awarded to University of Nevada alumni include a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Northern Arizona University grads report the most similar salaries to UNLV alums, earning $56K on average. Other schools similar to UNLV include San Diego State University, the University of Colorado Denver, and The University of Texas at El Paso.

Test Scores

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

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


49 %
51 %
$31,936 - $69,376
$36,788 - $88,035
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 185 votes.
$33,812 - $74,878
$30,913 - $75,471
$30,000 - $76,302
$27,821 - $62,618
$45,039 - $96,802

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