Average salary in Nevada

1 min readLast updated May 19, 2023by Charlie Barton

Learn about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Nevada

The Silver State of Nevada offers a range of living experiences, from the bustling cities of Las Vegas and Reno to the quiet rural areas of the state. As such, it can be challenging to define a "good" salary. However, understanding the average salaries and highest paying counties can provide valuable insight for those living in or considering a move to Nevada.

Nevada is generally considered an affordable state to live in, with a cost of living slightly below the national average. But which cities and counties offer the highest average salaries?

Average salary in Nevada by city

City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Nevada’s own cities can vary massively in average salary; densely populated places like Las Vegas command just above $50,000 whereas smaller populated towns like Spring Creek have an average of above $90,000.

Average earnings by city—or any other geographical metric—is just one way of calculating wealth, and certainly shouldn’t be the only way you look at your own earning potential in a given place. It doesn’t take into account the type of jobs that people do to earn above or below this average bracket, and omits any consideration for the number of people living in a household. However, it’s certainly one way of establishing which place offers good earning opportunities.

The US Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey has calculated the average earnings for the largest cities in Nevada, which you can find ranked below.

  1. Enterprise - $68,623

  2. Henderson - $63,830

  3. Sparks - $53,481

  4. North Las Vegas - $53,105

  5. Las Vegas - $50,903

  6. Spring Valley - $50,795

  7. Carson City - $50,108

  8. Reno - $46,489

  9. Paradise - $45,390

  10. Sunrise Manor - $38,994

Average salary in Nevada by county

Reviewing average salaries in Nevada by city is not necessarily an adequate metric for average salaries across the state, since it’s entirely urban focused. A good idea is to weigh these figures up against the average salary in Nevada by county, as this will take areas outside the main cities into account and offer a broader idea of salary ranges.

The same survey from the US Census Bureau gives further insight this way, with the average household income calculated for each county.

  1. Elko County - $67,038

  2. Lander County - $66,525

  3. Storey County - $61,525

  4. Eureka County - $61,400

  5. Douglas County - $60,721

  6. Pershing County - $56,491

  7. Clark County - $56,258

  8. Washoe County - $55,658

  9. Humboldt County - $55,656

  10. Lyon County - $48,433

  11. White Pine County - $48,545

  12. Lincoln County - $44,695

  13. Carson City County - $52,067

  14. Nye County - $41,181

  15. Esmerelda County - $39,712

  16. Mineral County - $35,446

Highest paying jobs in Nevada

There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Nevada: your job type. Average salaries for various sectors and job roles can vary massively across the state, so it’s absolutely something to consider when looking at salaries by location.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by occupation area, which you can also find below.

  1. General Internal Medicine Physicians - $202,840

  2. Family Medicine Physicians - $198,870

  3. Chief Executives - $191,430

  4. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers - $189,540

  5. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates - $171,060

  6. Anesthesiologists - $165,600

  7. Computer Hardware Engineers - $161,630

  8. General Pediatricians - $154,440

  9. Other Specialists Dentists - $153,490

  10. General Dentists - $130,600

  11. Computer and Information Research Scientists - $130,070

  12. Physician Assistants - $130,070

  13. Pharmacists - $128,600

  14. Lawyers - $128,370

  15. Optometrists - $127,640

  16. Nurse Practitioners - $127,620

  17. Architectural and Engineering Managers - $127,510

  18. Computer and Information Systems Managers - $120,010

  19. Power Distributors and Dispatchers - $107,830

  20. Postsecondary Engineering Teachers - $105,250

Frequently asked questions about salaries in Nevada

What is the average salary in Nevada by age?
Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Nevada are also dependent on age, since more senior workers will be paid more. Then, when they retire, their income will dip again as they will rely on pensions and other forms of set income.

The Census Bureau data finds that householders under 25 years old in Nevada have a median household income of $37,294; householders aged 25 to 44 years old have a median income of $66,984; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $72,604; and those 65 and older have a median income of $47,214.

What is a ‘good’ salary in Nevada?
The median income in Nevada is $61,623. However, what is considered a 'good' salary in Nevada depends on various factors such as location, profession, and lifestyle. It's important to consider living expenses and individual needs when determining a comfortable salary range.

What is the average salary in Nevada by hour?
If Americans work an average of 1,801 hours per year—at 37.5 hours a week—then the average hourly salary in Nevada is $28.67.

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Charlie Barton

Charlie Barton is a writer at Unbiased. He has been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017, with extensive knowledge of platforms and products. Charlie has a first-class degree from the London School of Economics.