Average Salary for New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Ranked in the top 15 percent of universities by return on investment, New Mexico State University is a university based in Las Cruces, N.M., and it's home to around 14,000 undergraduates. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Overall College ROI Rank

186
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

71
out of 408
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

70
out of 445

Typical Early Career Salary

$46,100
New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Project Engineer
7 salaries
$85,000  
   
Electrical Engineer
7 salaries
$67,273  
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
$61,042  
Project Manager, Engineering
4 salaries
$90,500  
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
$99,377  
Software Developer
3 salaries
$45,000  
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
$57,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245

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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

43 %

17 %

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Industry

The education industry, the engineering services industry, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which NMSU grads find work. A large chunk of former NMSU students are employed in the aerospace and defense industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Starting salaries of approximately $59K are the median among NMSU grads.

Gender

Male graduates of NMSU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $72K versus around $50K for women.

Jobs

Among NMSU alumni, those working as Senior Mechanical Engineers report the highest median pay of $99K, followed by Engineering Project Managers ($91K), and Project Engineers ($85K). Sliding in near the bottom are Software Developers, who report earnings of $45K.

Locations

Upon earning their degrees, many NMSU grads prefer to remain in Las Cruces; in fact, about a seventh of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. In addition, former NMSU students often head to Austin, Texas after graduating, where the median salary comes to about $96K in this top-paying city. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among NMSU grads is Phoenix, Ariz. (median compensation is $48K). Nearby Albuquerque, N.M. is also a top pick for NMSU grads, as is El Paso, Texas.

Degree Major

NMSU students with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics can expect to make the most money ($113K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A Bachelor of Science in Textiles & Clothing is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $38K.

Skills

Project Management commands a pay premium of 51 percent for former Aggies. Many NMSU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with roughly a sixth of alumni using this program on the clock. Other prime know-hows include Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

As for time away from work, slightly less than half of the respondents are compensated for vacation days, but only one-third of alumni can take paid time off due to illness. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a strong majority of former students contribute to a 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a strong majority of alums are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of respondents report dental coverage, too. New Mexico State University grads are also lucky enough to receive 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.

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
$29,365 - $73,787
Salary
$44,079 - $101,954
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
$27,943 - $60,567
$34,521 - $78,869
$27,821 - $80,000
$39,453 - $93,598
$42,000 - $63,000

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