Average Salary for New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Ranked in the top 15 percent of universities by return on investment, New Mexico State University is a university based in Las Cruces, N.M., and it's home to around 14,000 undergraduates. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Project Engineer
7 salaries
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
4 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Software Developer
3 salaries
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245

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About This School

2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

New Mexico State University



State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The education industry, the engineering services industry, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which NMSU grads find work. A large chunk of former NMSU students are employed in the aerospace and defense industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Starting salaries of approximately $59K are the median among NMSU grads.


Male graduates of NMSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $72K versus around $50K for women.


Among NMSU alumni, those working as Senior Mechanical Engineers report the highest median pay of $99K, followed by Engineering Project Managers ($91K), and Project Engineers ($85K). Sliding in near the bottom are Software Developers, who report earnings of $45K.


Upon earning their degrees, many NMSU grads prefer to remain in Las Cruces; in fact, about a seventh of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. In addition, former NMSU students often head to Austin, Texas after graduating, where the median salary comes to about $96K in this top-paying city. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among NMSU grads is Phoenix, Ariz. (median compensation is $48K). Nearby Albuquerque, N.M. is also a top pick for NMSU grads, as is El Paso, Texas.

Degree Major

NMSU students with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics can expect to make the most money ($113K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A Bachelor of Science in Textiles & Clothing is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $38K.


Project Management commands a pay premium of 51 percent for former Aggies. Many NMSU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with roughly a sixth of alumni using this program on the clock. Other prime know-hows include Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, slightly less than half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, but only one-third of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of former students contribute to a 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a strong majority of alums are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of respondents report dental coverage, too. New Mexico State University grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Oklahoma State University graduates, who earn $60K on average, make a similar amount to NMSU grads. Other schools similar to NMSU include Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas.

Test Scores

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SAT Scores 1230 1600
ACT Scores 18 24

Key Stats for New Mexico State University - Main Campus


44 %
56 %
$29,365 - $73,787
$44,079 - $101,954
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
$27,943 - $60,567
$34,521 - $78,869
$27,821 - $80,000
$39,453 - $93,598
$42,000 - $63,000

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