Average Salary for New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than New Mexico State University. It is a university based in Las Cruces, N.M. that is ranked in the top 15 percent of universities by return on investment. The figures in this rundown were provided by NMSU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Project Engineer
7 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
5 salaries
Electrical Engineer
4 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
3 salaries
Systems Administrator
2 salaries
Software Engineering / Development Director
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the engineering services industry, the education industry, and the health care industry. The aerospace and defense industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Following graduation, NMSU students earn an average of about $60K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $72K, but the median for the latter is only $50K.


Among NMSU graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Mechanical Engineers, who haul in $99K on average. Next on the list are Reliability Engineers and Engineering Project Managers, bringing in approximately $91K and around $85K, respectively. Sliding in near the bottom are Service Coordinators, who report earnings of $50K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many NMSU alumni (approximately one in seven) end up finding permanent jobs in Las Cruces. Carlsbad, N.M. is another hot spot for NMSU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $84K). Seattle, Wash. is a popular spot for former NMSU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at around $45K. NMSU alumni express interest in nearby Albuquerque, N.M. and El Paso, Texas as well.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for NMSU grads with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (average earnings climb to approximately $113K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science ($38K on average annually).


Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Aggies — they earn 49 percent more than their fellow graduates. Project Management is a common skill among NMSU alumni — nearly one-sixth of grads mention using it at work. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

A little less than half of the graduates do get paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick time. A fair number of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while more than half of former students receive dental plans, too. A fair number of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. New Mexico State University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Oklahoma State University graduates, who earn about $60K on average, make a similar amount to NMSU grads. 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 1230 1600
ACT Scores 18 24

Key Stats for New Mexico State University - Main Campus


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Job Satisfaction

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based on 60 votes.
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