New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni Average Salary

Attending New Mexico State University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Las Cruces, N.M., and it is ranked in the top 15 percent of universities by return on investment. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the NMSU grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Electrical Engineer
23 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
16 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Senior Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Operations Manager
8 salaries
Mental Health Therapist
7 salaries
Civil Engineer
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2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

New Mexico State University


State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of NMSU are found working in a number of different fields including the chemical manufacturing industry, the medical laboratory industry, and the engineering services industry. A large chunk of former NMSU students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Former NMSU graduates bring in approximately $58K on average.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $75K after graduating from NMSU, the average woman earns only about $47K.


In the NMSU alumni professional community, Software Engineering Directors make the highest median pay ($163K), though Reliability Engineers (around $99K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($94K) are close competitors. Systems Administrators wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $50K.


Las Cruces, N.M. keeps the largest number of NMSU grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation ($50K). For those seeking more money, Houston, Texas is a popular destination for former NMSU students; median pay is about $99K. El Paso, Texas is also a top pick, as is Las Vegas, Nev.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid NMSU alumni are those with a Master of Science (MS), Mathematics — they earn close to approximately $143K on average per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $43K.


Former Aggies with Project Management abilities can expect to make 53 percent more than their former classmates (around $89K). Project Management is a popular skill among NMSU alumni, with one in five grads reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. A strong majority of alumni participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. For this school, a fair number of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of alumni pick up dental plans, too. Additional perks enjoyed by New Mexico State University grads include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $58K for University of Southern Mississippi alumni, making their earnings most comparable 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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