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. Athletics are a huge part of life here (Go Rebels!), and the school's urban location only adds to the fun, with a wealth of neighborhoods and cultural events to explore. Replies from former UNLV students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Executive Assistant
6 salaries
Operations Manager
6 salaries
Financial Controller
6 salaries
General Manager, Restaurant
5 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
National Sales Manager
4 salaries
Executive Director
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323

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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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Graduates of the UNLV head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the hotel management industry, IT services, and public K-12 education are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The hotel industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Those with a degree from the UNLV make an average of $58K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes approximately $52K where the average male graduate hauls home about $66K.


The most generous salaries among UNLV alumni are reportedly earned by Civil Engineers, whose median earnings come to $88K, followed by Financial Controllers ($72K) and Marketing Managers (around $69K). Sliding in near the bottom are Staff Accountants, who report earnings of $38K.


UNLV students enjoy their time in Las Vegas, and nearly one-half of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. Another city that attracts a wealth of UNLV grads is San Francisco, Calif.; given its high compensation ($82K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among UNLV grads is New York, N.Y. (median compensation is $46K). Los Angeles, Calif. is also a common pick among UNLV grads, along with Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) from UNLV can rake in a whopping average approximately $129K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A Master of Education (MEd), Elementary Education commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of about $38K.


Microsoft Office is a popular skill among UNLV alumni, with nearly one in eight workers reporting using it on the job. Former Rebels with Project Management abilities can expect to make 25 percent more than their former classmates ($73K). Competency in Project Management, Operations Management, and Microsoft Excel also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of survey participants have medical plans, and a fair number of survey participants have dental insurance. A large number of respondents report contributing to a 401(k). Graduates of University of Nevada are also recipients of a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Portland State University grads (who make an average of $58K) earn salaries most similar to UNLV alumni. Northern Arizona University, San Diego State University, and the University of Colorado Denver are also similar to UNLV.

Test Scores

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

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


48 %
52 %
$30,785 - $70,947
$37,684 - $87,471
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.
$35,356 - $76,139
$29,361 - $74,592
$38,230 - $90,455
$49,793 - $73,729
$42,963 - $65,000

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