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

Attending the University of Nevada, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Las Vegas, Nev., and it is ranked in the top 23 percent of universities by return on investment. 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 numbers in this rundown were provided by the UNLV grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Operations Manager
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Executive Assistant
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General Manager, Restaurant
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Marketing Manager
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Financial Controller
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Executive Director
4 salaries
Civil Engineer
4 salaries
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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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The UNLV alumni can most commonly be found in IT services, the education industry, and public K-12 education, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular field is the hotel industry. Former UNLV graduates bring in $57K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average around $66K per year compared to females' about $51K.


In the UNLV alumni professional community, Civil Engineers make the highest median pay ($88K), though Financial Controllers ($70K), and Marketing Managers (approximately $69K) are close competitors. Executive Assistants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $49K.


UNLV alumni like Las Vegas so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with approximately half of grads staying on to find permanent employment. UNLV grads also flock to Phoenix, Ariz., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $86K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by UNLV alumni is New York, N.Y., where earnings average around $46K. Los Angeles, Calif. is also a common pick among UNLV grads, along with San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) from UNLV can rake in a whopping average about $129K per year, more than any other degree from this school. 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.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among UNLV alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about one in eight former students report doing so. Former Rebels with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 26 percent more than other grads' salaries. Proficiency in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Operations Management command top-of-the-line rewards 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 four survey participants get sick time. For this school, most grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of respondents pick up dental plans, too. A large number of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. University of Nevada grads are also lucky enough to receive 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 $57K) 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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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 %
$30,505 - $69,455
$37,719 - $92,401
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 81 votes.
$34,794 - $76,275
$27,000 - $73,268
$49,793 - $73,729
$42,963 - $65,000
$41,379 - $100,000

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