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Average Salary for New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Attending New Mexico State University, a public research university based in Las Cruces, N.M., can pay off for students in the long run, with a ranking in the top 18 percent of universities by ROI. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus Details


2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001


Also Known As:

New Mexico State University

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State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

44 %


17 %

% Stay In State:

40 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

45 %
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Former NMSU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the engineering services industry, the health care industry, and the education industry. The most popular field is the aerospace and defense industry. Following graduation, NMSU students earn an average of $61K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $52K where the average male graduate hauls home around $70K.


NMSU grads who become Engineering Project Managers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in approximately $96K annually. However, Project Engineers and Software Engineers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $85K and about $80K, respectively). Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Civil Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $55K.


NMSU alumni love Las Cruces so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with nearly one-seventh of grads staying on to find permanent employment. The top-paying city popular with NMSU alumni is Houston, which offers median salaries of $90K. On the far end of the pay scale, NMSU alumni often reside in Seattle, which is home to the lowest pay at approximately $52K. Nearby Albuquerque and El Paso also rank high on the list of cities for NMSU grads.

Degree Major

NMSU grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning around $106K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) ($45K annually).


Competency in Engineering Design translates into above-average pay for former Aggies — they earn 34 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a popular skill among NMSU alumni, with nearly one-sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only half of the alumni are paid for vacation and just one in three grads for sick time. A fair portion of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of grads receive dental plans, too. Most alums participate in a 401(k) program. Additional benefits handed to New Mexico State University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, University of Memphis grads (who make an average of $61K) earn salaries most similar to NMSU alumni. Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas are also similar to NMSU.

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SAT Scores 1270 1660
ACT Scores 18 24

Key Stats



44 %

female alumni


56 %

male alumni
$29,929 - $70,767
$43,730 - $101,602

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
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