Nevada

76 of 102 lower-income occupations licensed
2nd most burdensome licensing laws
2nd most broadly and onerously licensed state

Nevada is the second worst state in the nation for occupational licensing of lower-income occupations. Licensing 75 of the 102 studied here, Nevada is more broadly and onerously licensed than all but one other state. Nevada also has the second most burdensome licensing laws, requiring, on average, $704 in fees, 861 days—more than two years—of education and experience, and around two exams.

Nevada licenses some rarely licensed occupations very onerously. For instance, Nevada is one of just four states that license interior designers, its second most onerously licensed occupation. The state requires four years of education and two years of experience (2,190 days total), $1,215 in fees, and one exam. Nevada is also one of just nine states that license animal trainers. Its fees for this occupation are nearly seven times the average across licensed states ($1,408 compared to $209).

Nevada also imposes burdens on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present greater risks to the public. For example, 20 states do not license bill collection agencies at all, yet in Nevada a person wishing to open one must demonstrate 730 days (two years) of experience. By contrast, EMTs need just 26 days (110 hours) of education. And the fees bill collection agencies must pay for licensure are over 10 times the fees for EMTs ($1,010 versus $90). Nevada can improve its dismal rankings—and expand opportunity for lower-income workers—by reducing or repealing its irrational licensing burdens for bill collection agencies and other occupations, or—if government regulation is necessary—by replacing them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.

Burden Rank Occupation Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Earth Driller, Water Well $1178 2190 - 6 years 3 0 18
2 Interior Designer $1215 2190 4 years 2 years 1 0 0
3 Interpreter, Sign Language $675* 1469* 4 years and 40 clock hours* - 2 12 18
4 Fire Alarm Installer $1545 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
5 Landscape Contractor (Residential) $1253 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
6 Landscape Contractor (Commercial) $1253 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Cement Finishing Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Door Repair Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Door Repair Contractor (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Floor Sander Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Floor Sander Contractor (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 HVAC Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 HVAC Contractor (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Mason Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Mason Contractor (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Painting Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Painting Contractor (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Paving Contractor (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Paving Contractor (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Pipelayer Contractor $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential) $1078 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
29 Cement Finishing Contractor (Residential) $938 1460 - 4 years 2 0 18
30 Glazier Contractor (Commercial) $1033 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
30 Glazier Contractor (Residential) $1033 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
30 Insulation Contractor (Commercial) $1033 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
30 Insulation Contractor (Residential) $1033 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
30 Terrazzo Contractor (Commercial) $1033 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
30 Terrazzo Contractor (Residential) $1033 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
36 Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial) $983 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
36 Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential) $983 1460 - 4 years 1 0 18
38 Preschool Teacher, Public School $577 1460 4 years - 3 0 0
39 Athletic Trainer $640 1460 4 years - 1 0 0
40 Optician $900 1118 2 years 1 years and 100 clock hours 3 12 18
41 Barber $165 896 1500 clock hours 18 months 4 10 18
42 Bill Collection Agency $1010 730 - 2 years 1 0 21
43 Veterinary Technician $410 730 2 years - 2 0 0
44 Mobile Home Installer $553 730 - 2 years 1 0 0
45 Cosmetologist $145 373 1600 clock hours - 2 10 18
46 Child Care Home, Family $58 235 - 1000 clock hours and 11 clock hours 0 12 21
47 Skin Care Specialist $145 210 900 clock hours - 2 10 18
48 Pest Control Applicator $450 294 16 credit hours 6 months 3 0 18
48 Vegetation Pesticide Applicator $450 294 16 credit hours 6 months 3 0 18
50 Pharmacy Technician $80 222 600 clock hours 350 clock hours 0 12 18
51 Manicurist $145 140 600 clock hours - 2 10 18
52 Emergency Medical Technician $90 26 110 clock hours - 2 12 18
53 Travel Guide $2250 0 - - 2 0 21
54 School Bus Driver $260 3 10 clock hours 10 clock hours 6 0 21
55 Massage Therapist $575 117 500 clock hours - 1 0 18
56 Bus Driver, City/Transit $216 0 - - 5 0 21
57 Shampooer $115 12 50 clock hours - 1 10 16
58 Animal Trainer $1408 0 - - 2 0 21
59 Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer $235 0 - - 5 0 18
60 Makeup Artist $25 0 - - 0 10 18
61 Truck Driver, Other $235 0 - - 4 0 18
62 Crane Operator $225 0 - - 2 0 18
63 Security Guard, Unarmed $85 0 - - 1 0 18
64 Gaming Cage Worker $75 0 - - 0 0 21
64 Gaming Dealer $75 0 - - 0 0 21
64 Gaming Supervisor $75 0 - - 0 0 21
64 Slot Supervisor $75 0 - - 0 0 21
68 Weigher $120 0 - - 1 0 0
69 Fisher, Commercial $500 0 - - 0 0 0
70 Milk Sampler $20 0 - - 1 0 0
71 Wildlife Control Operator $250 0 - - 0 0 0
72 Travel Agency $125 0 - - 0 0 0
73 Locksmith $62 0 - - 0 0 0
74 Taxidermist $44 0 - - 0 0 0
75 Coach, Head (High School Sports) $0 1 4.5 clock hours - 0 0 0
76 Midwife, Direct Entry $0 0 - - 0 0 0