About Working in Las Vegas, NV

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In Las Vegas, Nevada, there are over 200,000 jobs in the casino industry alone. However, there is employment besides a casino job if you are looking to work there. You just need to know the opportunities so you can apply for your dream job.

Misconceptions

  • Before the Internet, dealers working in Las Vegas would start from the bottom and work their way up. Now casinos recruit by the thousands, using the Internet to their advantage.

Types

  • If you are looking for a casino job, you can apply to become a dealers slot waitress, a table waitress, a bartender doorman, a porter, a cashier, a writer slot machine attendant, a security guard, a booth attendant or even a receptionist.
    If you are looking for a job that is more behind the scenes, consider becoming a table money counter, a slot machine counter, an accountant, a camera operator, part of the clerical staff, an auditor, part of the surveillance personnel, a bouncer, a member of the maintenance staff, a cleaner and rubbish remover, an information officer, booking personnel, a host, a manager, a marketer or an advertiser, a stock buyer, a job in personnel management, lawyer, dock loader, chef or kitchen staff, dietitian or even an entertainer.

Benefits

  • Managers and floor supervisors make the highest salaries in Las Vegas, earning anywhere from $40 to $270 a day, depending on location and what area they are supervising that night. The managers and floor supervisors tend to live on their tips alone, since their salary is usually low.
    The next highest paid employees are the dealers in the casinos. Most dealers are paid minimum wage and receive the majority of their salary from tips, which are called tokens. Depending on the size of the casino, blackjack dealers can make anywhere from $40 to $180 in a day from tokens alone. The dealer tokens are typically pooled together at the end of the shift and divided equally.
    The next highest paid position in Las Vegas is a waiter or waitress. These employees are allowed to keep the tokens given to them, but they will "pay" people who help, such as bartenders or bus boys.

Identification

  • When you begin work inside of a casino, you are immediately issued a work permit, which is called the Sheriff's Card. If you are serving alcohol, you will have to obtain a special card; the same goes for those handling food.

Considerations

  • If you do not already live in Las Vegas and are planning on working there, the best thing to do first is to call the casino's hotline or even visit the Human Resources department. Because some casinos have 3,000 to 6,000 positions, it is easier to find a job once you have already settled into town. Do not be afraid or ashamed to start out working in a hotel first until your dream job opens up. Becoming a valuable employee at a casino may take some experience, and until then you can learn the ins and outs in other jobs while still being able to eat and pay bills. Once you are on the inside, you may be able to receive in-house training that will help you switch jobs later.

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