Las Vegas workers make less than national average

Workers in Las Vegas make 12 percent less than the national average.

According to latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker in Las Vegas earned $21.37 per hour in May 2017. The U.S. average is $24.34.

Management occupations were the highest paid at $52.87 per hour, followed by legal occupations at $51.79 per hour.

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Not surprisingly, food prep and serving related occupations accounted for the largest share of local employment at 15.7 percent. The national average is 9.3 percent.

Good news for those in occupations related to healthcare. Those workers earn about 14 percent above national average. 

The average wage for a lawyer in Nevada is $137,630; $116,440 for a law enforcement supervisor; $66,050 for dietitians and nutritionists; $59,930 for post-secondary teachers; $58,940 for real estate agents; and $26,520 for hairstylists. 

Top 5 highest paid occupations

1. Physicians -- $241,830
2. Chief Executives -- $230,950
3. Pediatricians -- $219,980
4. Airline pilots, copilots and flight engineers -- $217,220
5. Internists -- $203,430

5 lowest paid occupations

1. Gaming dealers -- $17,920
2. Food prep and food servers, including fast food -- $20,610
3. Grinders, polishers -- $21,290
4. Craft artists -- $21,790
5. Childcare workers -- $21,920
 

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