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Survey ranks Nevada occupation 2006 salaries

Posted 1/18/2008

Surgeons, physicians among top-paying jobs; gaming dealers, fast food cooks at bottom

Ever wonder where your job’s annual average pay ranks in the state?

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has released the highest and lowest paying occupations in Nevada in 2006, a free report that can be found at www.unce.unr.edu.

UNCE economic specialists collaborated with the University Center for Economic Development and the Department of Resource Economics to briefly analyze the 2006 Nevada Occupational Employment Statistics Survey. The survey looked at occupational employment and wage data for 645 Nevada occupations that accounted for 1.26 million jobs with an annual average wage of $46,091.

Surgeons led the list of high-paying occupations with an annual average income of $187,630, which ranks second in the country. Obstetricians and gynecologists ($173,640), internists ($169350), family and general practitioners (158,080) and all other physicians and surgeons ($151,520) rounded out the top five highest-paying jobs.

In the five lowest-paying occupations, gaming dealers led with an annual average wage of $13,780. Fast food cooks ($15,130), farm and ranch animal farm workers ($15,720), combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food ($16,350) and child care workers ($16,630) were among the lowest-paying jobs.

To learn more about your occupation’s ranking, visit www.unce.unr.edu and click on the publications tab and search "occupation" under the title category.

Highest paying occupations in Nevada

The above pie chart shows the highest paying occupations in Nevada from the 2006 Nevada Occupational Employment Statistics Survey. The total number for each section is as follows:

  • Surgeons, 187,630
  • Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 173,640
  • Internists, General, 169,350
  • Family and General Practitioners, 158,080
  • Physicians and Surgeons, Other, 151,520
Lowest paying occupations in Nevada

The above pie chart shows the lowest paying occupations in Nevada from the 2006 Nevada Occupational Employment Statistics Survey. The total number for each section is as follows:

  • Gaming Dealers, 13,780
  • Cooks, Fast Food, 15,130
  • Farmworkers, 15,720
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, 16,350
  • Child Care Workers, 16,630

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