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

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. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Rebels!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. The figures in this rundown were provided by UNLV alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Operations Manager
7 salaries
Financial Controller
6 salaries
Restaurant Manager
6 salaries
Executive Assistant
6 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Civil Engineer
5 salaries
General Manager, Restaurant
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372

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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 %

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53 %

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Graduates of the UNLV are found working in a number of different fields including the hotel management industry, IT services, and the education industry. The most popular field is the hotel industry. Those with an education from the UNLV earn an average of $58K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $52K on average compared to $67K for male graduates.


Among UNLV graduates, the biggest earners are Civil Engineers, who haul in about $96K on average. Next on the list are Financial Controllers and Marketing Managers, bringing in $72K and approximately $69K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Restaurant Managers — they bring in around $43K.


UNLV students enjoy their time in Las Vegas, and close to one-half of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. San Francisco, Calif. is another hot spot for UNLV grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $83K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by UNLV alumni is New York, N.Y., where earnings average approximately $46K. Los Angeles, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration earns UNLV students the most money after college (an average $116K per year). A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Business & Marketing offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $38K).


For former Rebels, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 26 percent more than other alumni salaries. UNLV grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and around one in eight alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Demonstrated ability in Operations Management, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel 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-fourth of alumni get sick time. For this school, most alumni are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of alumni pick up dental plans, too. Most grads save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Additional benefits handed to University of Nevada alumni include a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Portland State University graduates, who earn $57K on average, make a similar amount to UNLV grads. Other schools similar to UNLV include Northern Arizona University, San Diego State University, and the University of Colorado Denver.

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 %
$31,827 - $71,021
$36,839 - $90,819
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 110 votes.
$34,669 - $77,292
$30,000 - $75,471
$38,432 - $89,528
$45,302 - $76,302
$39,500 - $112,500

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