New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni Average Salary

New Mexico State University is a school located in Las Cruces, N.M. with around 14,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 15 percent of universities by return on investment. The data in this summary come from NMSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Electrical Engineer
5 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
4 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Project Engineer
4 salaries
Reliability Engineer
3 salaries
Software Engineering / Development Director
2 salaries
Staff Accountant
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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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Professionally, the aerospace and defense industry, the education industry, and the health care industry are popular business areas among NMSU alumni. The majority of NMSU alumni wind up in the engineering services industry. The average salary for a grad from NMSU is about $60K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $71K after graduating from NMSU, the average woman earns only $53K.


Former NMSU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Software Engineering Directors, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $163K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Senior Mechanical Engineers (approximately $103K) and Reliability Engineers ($91K). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Mechanical Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of around $61K.


NMSU alumni like Las Cruces so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with about one in seven grads staying on to find permanent employment. It is also not uncommon to find former NMSU students living and working in Carlsbad, N.M. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $84K. On the other hand, NMSU alumni who end up in Seattle, Wash. receive the lowest median salary of $45K. Close-by Albuquerque, N.M. and El Paso, Texas are also desirable cities among NMSU alumni.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for NMSU grads with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (average earnings climb to around $130K per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $46K on average per year.


Former Aggies who have experience with Project Management can expect to make 47 percent more than other alumni ($88K on average). Many NMSU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with slightly less than a fifth of alumni using this program on the clock. Other top skills include Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; slightly less than half of the former students report receiving the former, but only one-third of alumni report receiving the latter. A strong majority of grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health coverage is awarded to a fair number of graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a strong majority of alums as well. New Mexico State University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as 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.

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SAT Scores 1230 1600
ACT Scores 18 24

Key Stats for New Mexico State University - Main Campus


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Rated 5 out of 5
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