Best Colleges in Nevada by Salary Potential

You don’t want to gamble with your future. Before you invest in a bachelor’s degree, check out these Nevada colleges with the highest-paid graduates.

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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,700$92,90047%24%

1University of Nevada-Reno
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,700
Mid-Career Pay$92,900
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees24%
2Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,800$88,80038%2%

2Sierra Nevada College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,800
Mid-Career Pay$88,800
% High Meaning38%
% STEM Degrees2%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,300$88,20045%12%

3University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$88,200
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees12%
4State SchoolBachelorsPublic$54,700$76,40062%5%

4Nevada State College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$54,700
Mid-Career Pay$76,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees5%
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Looking for a college education in a state where you’re never far from Sin City? Just check out our list of the best career colleges in Nevada that won’t feel like you’re making a gamble.

T wo universities in Nevada included in PayScale’s College Salary Report are UNR and UNLV. Many graduates from Nevada’s colleges go on to work in careers in the Aerospace and Defense; Agriculture; Information Technology; Energy; Health Care; Logistics and Operations; Manufacturing; Mining; and of course: Tourism, and Gaming and Hospitality industries.

Popular employers for Nebraska graduates include some of the names you’ve seen in all those George Clooney movies: from MGM Grand Las Vegas, to Las Vegas Sands Corp; then there’s a US Air Force Base; back to the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino; Wynn Las Vegas LLC; Caesars Palace; Amcheck Inc-Las Vegas, and Flamingo Las Vegas.

On the other side of things, there’s always the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept., but if that’s not for you then maybe head over to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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