Average Salary for New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

New Mexico State University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Las Cruces, N.M., the school is ranked in the top 15 percent of universities by return on investment. The data for this synopsis comes from former NMSU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Project Engineer
7 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Electrical Engineer
6 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
5 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Reliability Engineer
2 salaries
Service Coordinator
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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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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NMSU alumni can most commonly be found in the engineering services industry, the education industry, and the health care industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The aerospace and defense industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Following graduation, NMSU students earn an average of about $59K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in around $73K after graduating from NMSU, the average woman earns only $50K.


The most generous salaries among NMSU alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Mechanical Engineers, whose median earnings come to $99K, followed by Reliability Engineers ($91K) and Engineering Project Managers ($85K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Service Coordinators — they bring in approximately $50K.


Many NMSU alumni seem to stick around Las Cruces after wrapping up their studies; approximately one-seventh of grads remain to find permanent work. NMSU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Denver, Colo., which offers a median salary of $67K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NMSU alumni is Seattle, Wash., where earnings average $45K. Other popular cities for NMSU alumni include nearby Albuquerque, N.M. and El Paso, Texas.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics leads to the highest pay for NMSU grads ($113K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $38K on average per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among NMSU alumni, with nearly one in six grads reporting using it on the job. For former Aggies, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 50 percent more than other alumni salaries. Experience with Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for just under half of the graduates, but only one in three grads are rewarded with paid sick leave. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of alumni contribute to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a fair number of survey participants, and a majority of grads sign up for dental plans. Graduates of New Mexico State University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Southern Mississippi grads bring in salaries of around $58K, making them the most similar to NMSU alumni in terms of earnings. Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas are also similar to NMSU.

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Key Stats for New Mexico State University - Main Campus


44 %
56 %
$29,366 - $73,787
$43,826 - $100,599
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 62 votes.
$25,528 - $60,800
$38,000 - $78,202
$39,453 - $93,598
$32,556 - $91,385
$43,727 - $64,094

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