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

Combining good value and great education, the University of Nevada is ranked in the top 23 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Las Vegas, Nev. The athletic culture permeates campus life (Go Rebels!), and students take full advantage of the school's urban location by enjoying concerts, dinners, and festivals around town. Replies from former UNLV students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Operations Manager
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Financial Controller
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Software Engineer
3 salaries
General Manager, Restaurant
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Staff Accountant
3 salaries
Marketing Manager
3 salaries
Executive Director
2 salaries
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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, the financial services industry, and public K-12 education. Among UNLV grads, the hotel industry is a commonly chosen career field. UNLV graduates see an average starting salary of $57K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is around $65K, but the median for the latter is only $51K.


UNLV grads who become Marketing Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $69K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Executive Directors and Operations Managers; their salaries approach $67K and $59K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Elementary School Teachers; alumni in this role face average salaries of approximately $42K.


UNLV alumni like Las Vegas so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with more than half of grads staying on to find permanent employment. San Francisco, Calif. is another hot spot for UNLV grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to around $85K). On the far end of the pay scale, UNLV alumni often reside in New York, N.Y., which is home to the lowest pay at approximately $48K. Other popular cities include Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for UNLV grads with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) (average earnings climb to $129K per year). Those with a Master of Education (MEd), Elementary Education face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average about $38K per year.


UNLV alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with nearly one in eight grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For former Rebels, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 26 percent more than other alumni salaries. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Operations Management rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in five survey participants get sick time. A large number of alums opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health insurance benefits extend to a large number of former students, and a strong majority of alumni sign up for dental plans. Alumni of University of Nevada also take in 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.

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SAT Scores 1310 1640
ACT Scores 19 24

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


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$37,470 - $88,867
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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.
$35,057 - $75,085
$30,639 - $97,211
$52,801 - $74,434
$43,745 - $66,129
$40,967 - $101,736

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