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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College ROI Report

186th

20 Year Net ROI 

$417,800

Annual ROI 

10.0%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$75,200

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College Salary Report

368th

Early Career Salary 

$45,100

Mid-Career Salary 

$78,700

% High Meaning 

61.0%

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$34K$68K$102K
Project Engineer
5 salaries
$80,000  
   
Project Manager, Engineering
5 salaries
$85,000  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
$94,000  
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
$65,985  
Mechanical Engineer
3 salaries
$61,042  
Reliability Engineer
3 salaries
$99,157  
Staff Accountant
2 salaries
$37,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 30 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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About This School

2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

New Mexico State University

prospective.nmsu.edu

13,582

State School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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17 %

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Industry

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.

Gender

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.

Jobs

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.

Locations

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.

Skills

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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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1230 1600
ACT Scores 18 24

Key Stats for New Mexico State University - Main Campus

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %
Salary
$29,746 - $74,837
Salary
$42,282 - $100,994
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
$28,594 - $61,016
$36,065 - $78,869
$48,664 - $107,016
$44,219 - $68,163
$35,437 - $66,000

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