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Criminal Justice in Nevada

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Nevada

Around 1.1% of Nevada's graduates graduate from criminal justice degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 476 criminal justice professionals graduate from Nevada's 12 criminal justice schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Nevada that has a criminal justice program is University of Nevada-Las Vegas. University of Nevada-Las Vegas, which was ranked 70th in the country in 2010, is located in Las Vegas. In 2010, University of Nevada-Las Vegas graduated 193 students from its criminal justice program. Students at University of Nevada-Las Vegas paid $5,808 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Nevada with a criminal justice program is Kaplan College-Las Vegas Campus, which is located in Las Vegas. In 2010, it was ranked 77th nationwide. In 2010, 18 students graduated from Kaplan College-Las Vegas Campus criminal justice program.

The third-ranked school in Nevada that has a criminal justice program is ITT Technical Institute-Henderson. ITT Technical Institute-Henderson, which was ranked 79th in the country in 2010, is located in Henderson. In 2010, 45 students graduated from ITT Technical Institute-Henderson criminal justice program. Tuition at ITT Technical Institute-Henderson was $18,048 per year.


Criminal justice schools in Nevada, charge students an average tuition of $6,906 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $18,576 per year, or as little as $2,243 per year. In 2010, the criminal justice schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Nevada were:

  1. Everest College-Henderson - located in Henderson, students are charged $18,576 per year
  2. ITT Technical Institute-Henderson - located in Henderson, students are charged $18,048 per year
  3. University of Phoenix-Northern Nevada Campus - located in Reno, students are charged $10,500 per year

The following Nevada criminal justice schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. College of Southern Nevada - located in Las Vegas, students are charged $2,243 per year
  2. Great Basin College - located in Elko, students are charged $2,243 per year
  3. Truckee Meadows Community College - located in Reno, students are charged $2,243 per year

A criminal justice degree from a Nevada school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs criminal justice graduates in Nevada pursue include special agent, private detective, security guard, and paralegal. Nevada had 23,780 criminal justice professionals in 2010. 2,760 of these criminal justice professionals were correctional officers, 630 were special agents, and 190 were private detectives. The following counties have the largest number of Nevada criminal justice professionals:

  1. Clark County - 17,950 criminal justice professionals
  2. Pinal County - 1,920 criminal justice professionals
  3. Elko County - 1,050 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of criminal justice professionals is expected to grow by 7% by 2018. There are projected to be 25,060 criminal justice professionals working in Nevada then. Of these 25,060 criminal justice professionals, the government predicts that 2,700 will be correctional officers, 660 will be special agents, and 230 will be private detectives.


criminal justice professionals in Nevada earn $52,204 per year on average. However, this number is only an average. Criminal justice professional in Nevada had varying salaries from $17,010 to $112,500 per year in 2010. Criminal justice professionals in the following Nevada counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Pinal County - $56,850 per year
  2. Clark County - $51,013 per year
  3. Elko County - $50,470 per year

The Nevada counties with the lowest average salary for criminal justice professionals are:

  1. Carson City County - $44,810 per year
  2. Churchill County - $47,385 per year
  3. Elko County - $50,470 per year

The criminal justice professionals with highest average salaries in Nevada were:

  1. Special Agent - $76,950 per year
  2. Correctional Officer - $55,760 per year
  3. Paralegal - $51,580 per year

On average, the lowest paid criminal justice professionals in Nevada were:

  1. Private Detective - $49,090 per year
  2. Security Guard - $27,640 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Nevada statistics regarding a career in criminal justice. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as criminology or forensic science.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in Nevada
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Nevada
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Nevada
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Nevada

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Security Guards 18,810 $27,640 9.0%
Correctional Officers and Jailers 2,760 $55,760 18.5%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 1,390 $51,580 33.7%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 630 $76,950 28.6%
Private Detectives and Investigators 190 $49,090 -62.7%

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