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Average Salary for New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than New Mexico State University, a public research university based in Las Cruces, N.M., that is ranked in the top 18 percent of universities by ROI. This report is based on the responses of NMSU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Electrical Engineer
8 salaries
Project Engineer
7 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Project Manager, Engineering
4 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
4 salaries
Software Developer
3 salaries
Senior Accountant
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262

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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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Graduates of NMSU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the engineering services industry, the health care industry, and the education industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. Those with an education from NMSU earn an average of $61K.


Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $69K per year, but the second group takes home only about $52K.


Among NMSU alumni, those working as Senior Mechanical Engineers report the highest median pay of $99K, followed by Engineering Project Managers (around $96K), and Project Engineers ($85K). Civil Engineers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of approximately $55K in this job.


More often than not, NMSU grads continue living in Las Cruces (nearly one in seven former students to be exact) even though average salaries here take last place on the pay scale ($52K). Alternatively, Austin is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is about $98K — which is an (obvious) draw for many NMSU grads. El Paso and Denver are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for NMSU grads with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) (earnings climb to approximately $113K per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $45K per year.


For former Aggies, proficiency in Engineering Design warrants a paycheck that is 32 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among NMSU alumni, with about one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. A fair portion of grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). A fair portion of survey participants have medical plans, and most survey participants have dental insurance. 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

Alumni of University of Mississippi pick up average paychecks of around $61K, which is closest to the amount made by NMSU grads among similar schools. Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas are also similar to NMSU.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for New Mexico State University - Main Campus


43 %
57 %
$29,672 - $70,934
$43,167 - $100,660
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 125 votes.
$29,523 - $62,220
$40,836 - $88,563
$26,631 - $66,789
$39,594 - $92,000
$40,425 - $80,000

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