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2012 - 2013 Clark County Salary Tracker

Top Paying Public Sector Occupations

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Metro Police lieutenants, Clark County and Las Vegas fire captains and UNLV professors earned the highest average pay last year among common public sector jobs in Southern Nevada, according to an 8 News NOW analysis of salary data supplied by taxpayer-supported agencies.

This involved evaluating the job classifications that represented the most paid positions at given taxpayer-supported agencies in Southern Nevada. If an agency had only five or 10 workers in a given classification, those salaries were excluded from the analysis. Also excluded were workers who made less than $20,000 because most of those positions involved part-time jobs.

The average Metro lieutenant came out on top in 2012 with $151,635 in total pay, including base pay, overtime, call out pay, longevity and separation pay in cases where the individual left the agency. County and Las Vegas fire captains, with total average pay of $145,988 and $143,599 respectively, and UNLV professors at $129,539 ranked next.

On the opposite end of the spectrum last year were custodial workers at UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada ($28,580 and $28,695 respectively) , Clark County School District bus drivers ($29,119) and office specialist II workers ($30,030).

In raw dollars, the biggest average total pay increases from 2009 to 2012 belonged to North Las Vegas firefighters (up $12,254), Henderson firefighter/paramedics (up $11,327), Henderson police officers (up $9,114) and Southern Nevada Health District environmental health specialist II workers (up $8,851).

The biggest average total pay losses impacted UNLV program/project directors (down $24,302), county fire engineers (down $20,092), county fire captains (down $19,987) and North Las Vegas corrections officers (down $19,460).

A closer look at overtime pay showed Las Vegas fire captains on top by averaging $32,795 in 2012, followed by Las Vegas fire engineers ($29,572), North Las Vegas firefighters ($23,720) and Henderson firefighter/paramedics ($23,535). But school teachers and counselors and college professors received no overtime pay.

 

Pay ranges for many of these occupations vary widely for reasons such as longevity and overtime. But a major factor is separation pay because it has amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars in many cases. That tends to inflate the pay ranges at the upper end.

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