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LAS VEGAS -- A website that analyzes salary data and career topics reported Tuesday that UNLV ranks a lowly 492nd out of 605 American universities studied in terms of salaries graduate degree holders can expect to earn.

PayScale.com estimated that graduates of UNLV's master's degree program earn on average $55,600 early in their careers and $81,200 mid-career.

The master's program at University of Nevada, Reno, didn't fare much better, ranking 461st with average early career salaries of $59,900 and mid-career salaries of $83,800.

Topping the list is Harvard Law School, with average early career salaries of $130,000 and mid-career salaries of $201,000. UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law wasn't ranked separately.

Counting only master's programs, UNR and UNLV rank 202nd and 230th respectively among 336 universities. That list is topped by Stanford University, with average early career salaries of $81,800 and mid-career salaries of $137,700.

PayScale last month ranked UNR and UNLV 350th and 557th respectively among 1,002 universities in terms of average salaries for those with bachelor's degrees. UNR graduates can expect to earn $45,700 early in their careers and $79,400 later on, while the numbers for UNLV grads are $43,900 and $72,100.

Number one on that list is Harvey Mudd College of Claremont, Calif., a science, engineering and mathematics specialist with average early career salaries of $75,600 and mid-career salaries of $133,800.

Among two-year schools, the College of Southern Nevada placed 282nd among 349 colleges with average early career salaries of $40,700 and mid-career salaries of $49,000. Tops on that list is the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, with averages of $42,300 and $71,000 respectively.

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