Nevada Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 1,347,140
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -97,800 (-6.8%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $46,210
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $5,319 (13.0%)

Occupation Categories

There are 1,347,140 employed workers in Nevada. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 204,430 people. This represents 15.2% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which employ 188,280 and 140,120 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations204,43015.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations188,28014.0%
Sales and Related Occupations140,12010.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations102,1607.6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations80,6506.0%
Construction and Extraction Occupations73,6505.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations70,8305.3%
Management Occupations63,6004.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations62,8204.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations55,1704.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations51,9803.9%
Production Occupations51,6003.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations49,2703.7%
Protective Service Occupations42,6503.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations26,2501.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations20,1501.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations19,1501.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations14,0101.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations12,7800.9%
Legal Occupations8,6800.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations8,1600.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations7500.1%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Production Occupations, which currently employs 51,600 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 45,680 an increase of 5,920 or 13.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Construction and Extraction Occupations and Personal Care and Service Occupations, which increased 5,310 and 5,040 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Sales and Related Occupations, which currently employs 140,120 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 141,490 or 1.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations and Legal Occupations, which decreased 870 and 90 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 188,280 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 159,620 an increase of 28,660 or 18.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which increased 19,050 and 18,750 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Construction and Extraction Occupations, which currently employs 73,650 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 81,530 or 9.7%.
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations62,82043.5%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations20,15042.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations49,27040.6%
Community and Social Service Occupations12,78039.7%
Production Occupations51,60026.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations80,65022.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations102,16022.3%
Legal Occupations8,68021.9%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations188,28018.0%
Sales and Related Occupations140,12015.4%
Management Occupations63,60015.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations75013.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations19,15013.2%
Protective Service Occupations42,65012.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations51,98011.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations26,25010.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations70,8307.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations55,1705.5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations204,4304.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations8,1604.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations14,010-2.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations73,650-9.7%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 46,420 people. This represents 3.4% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Waiters and Waitresses, which employ 39,520 and 37,400 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Nevada are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons46,4203.4%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food39,5202.9%
Waiters and Waitresses37,4002.8%
Cashiers35,7602.7%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand33,5702.5%
Office Clerks General29,6102.2%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners29,3002.2%
Customer Service Representatives27,8802.1%
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners25,6201.9%
Registered Nurses22,5601.7%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Customer Service Representatives, which currently employs 27,880 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 14,800 an increase of 13,080 or 88.4%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand, which increased 13,060 and 9,980 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks, which currently employs 11,240 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 18,200 or 38.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Home Health Aides and Office and Administrative Support Workers All Other, which decreased 3,610 and 3,040 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Multiple Machine Tool Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic1,6305,333.3%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other270575.0%
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers Metal and Plastic210425.0%
Rehabilitation Counselors560366.7%
Camera Operators Television Video and Motion Picture580314.3%
Interpreters and Translators710294.4%
Personal Care Aides13,130294.3%
Avionics Technicians230283.3%
Welding Soldering and Brazing Machine Setters Operators and Tenders180260.0%
Sawing Machine Setters Operators and Tenders Wood140250.0%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Painting Coating and Decorating Workers40-89.5%
Helpers Construction Trades All Other80-86.7%
Explosives Workers Ordnance Handling Experts and Blasters40-85.7%
Counselors All Other30-81.3%
Surgeons120-80.0%
Helpers--Carpenters370-75.2%
Office Machine Operators Except Computer240-74.5%
Helpers--Electricians660-73.6%
Agricultural Inspectors30-72.7%
Home Health Aides1,460-71.2%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $114,010 per year. This represents 146.7% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which pay $106,360 and $89,820 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$114,010246.7%
Legal Occupations$106,360230.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,820194.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,610172.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,960170.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,620148.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$65,060140.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$53,840116.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,700114.0%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$51,450111.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,960110.3%
Education Training and Library Occupations$50,320108.9%
Protective Service Occupations$44,55096.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,78083.9%
Production Occupations$37,00080.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,78079.6%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,75079.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,70077.3%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$32,24069.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,42068.0%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,54059.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,88058.2%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $114,010 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $92,090 an increase of $21,920 or 23.8%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Legal Occupations, which increased $14,000 and $13,380 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations, which currently employs 0 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 0 or inf%.
Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Management Occupations$114,01023.8%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,96021.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,70021.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,78018.2%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,42017.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,62015.6%
Legal Occupations$106,36014.4%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,75013.9%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$53,84013.8%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,82013.0%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$51,45012.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,61012.2%
Production Occupations$37,00012.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,88011.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,78011.3%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,5409.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations$50,3209.4%
Protective Service Occupations$44,5509.4%
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,7007.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$65,0604.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$50,960-0.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$32,240-9.7%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Internists General, which pays $260,100 per year. This represents 562.9% above the state average of $46,210. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Pediatricians General and Anesthesiologists, which pay $258,750 and $256,120 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Nevada are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Internists General$260,100562.9%
Pediatricians General$258,750559.9%
Anesthesiologists$256,120554.3%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$227,500492.3%
Airline Pilots Copilots and Flight Engineers$220,400477.0%
Chief Executives$215,590466.5%
Psychiatrists$214,980465.2%
Dentists General$210,710456.0%
Family and General Practitioners$202,430438.1%
Nurse Anesthetists$163,220353.2%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Nevada are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Gaming Dealers$18,18039.3%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$21,32046.1%
Cooks Fast Food$22,23048.1%
Childcare Workers$22,28048.2%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$22,46048.6%
Cutters and Trimmers Hand$22,83049.4%
Manicurists and Pedicurists$22,90049.6%
Packers and Packagers Hand$23,13050.1%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$23,17050.1%
Pressers Textile Garment and Related Materials$23,27050.4%



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