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Public-sector salaries:

Just ask custodians: Average pay for same basic job varies widely

Ever wonder what working as a crime scene analyst for Metro Police pays? Or what Las Vegas’ chief financial officer makes in a year?

As part of its analysis of public employee salaries in 2012, the Sun has spotlighted a cross-section of different positions and the average salary a worker made performing similar job duties in the different municipalities.

The list includes job titles shared by hundreds of employees as well as a few executive-level positions held by only one person. Some have comparable private-sector counterparts, like custodian or mechanic, while other jobs you’ll only get working for the government, like being a firefighter or police officer.

Positions within Clark County, North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Henderson and Metro Police are all included in these examples, although not every job can be found at every municipality, and job responsibilities can vary from city to city.

    • Police Officer

      Metro Police: $68,333

      North Las Vegas: $74,762

      Henderson: $80,239

    • Custodian

      Clark County: $29,990

      Las Vegas: $50,247

      Henderson: $41,929

      North Las Vegas: $39,957

      Metro Police: $46,696

    • Mechanic

      Clark County: $54,215

      Las Vegas: $68,798

      Henderson: $64,219

      North Las Vegas: $62,299

    • Firefighter

      Clark County: $64,275

      Las Vegas: $68,924

      Henderson: $61,686

      North Las Vegas: $68,449

    • Corrections Officer

      Las Vegas: $70,131

      Henderson: $62,790

      North Las Vegas: $55,636

      Metro: $68,959

    • Crime Scene Analyst

      Henderson: $75,482

      North Las Vegas: $66,279

      Metro: $48,468

    • Code Enforcement Officer

      Clark County:$55,406

      Las Vegas: $65,393

      Henderson: $59,185

      North Las Vegas: $71,705

    • Legal secretary

      Clark County: $45,699

      Las Vegas: $62,320

      Henderson: $54,095

      North Las Vegas: $38,311

    • City/county manager

      Clark County: $199,284

      Las Vegas: $177,975

      Henderson: $164,423*

      North Las Vegas: $171,347

      *Henderson’s city manager earns an annual salary of $225,000 but was only on the job part of 2012.

    • Finance director

      Clark County: $187,886

      Las Vegas: $160,412

      Henderson: $168,478

      North Las Vegas: $118,776

    • Public works director

      Clark County: $144,997

      Las Vegas: $131,405

      Henderson: $168,478

      North Las Vegas: $150,904

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    1. One question: do these listed salaries include benefits, or are benefits excluded? Other than that, they seem reasonable, although it is not stated if they get COLAs. Missing are the STATE and FEDERAL pay averages. Would have been good to compare as well. Thank you.

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      Star