Average Salary for Prairie View A & M University Alumni

Attending Prairie View A & M University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Prairie View, Texas, and it is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. The school attracts plenty of sports fans to its small-town campus, though graduates go on to find employment in nearby cities like Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Austin, Texas. This summary is derived from information given by PVAMU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Prairie View A & M University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Laboratory Manager
3 salaries
Project Engineer
3 salaries
2 salaries
Construction Estimator
2 salaries
Applications Engineer
2 salaries
Design Architect
2 salaries
Civil Engineer in Training
2 salaries
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About This School

FM 1098 Road & University Drive
Prairie View, TX 77446



State School, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of PVAMU go into the architectural services industry, public K-12 education, and the engineering services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the oil and gas field services industry. On the other end of the spectrum is the education industry, which attracts less than five percent of PVAMU alumni. Following graduation, PVAMU students earn an average of about $59K.


In the PVAMU alumni professional community, Design Architects make the highest median pay ($79K), though Applications Engineers (around $71K), and Project Engineers ($70K) are close competitors. Construction Estimators face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $47K.


Dallas, Texas is a hub for PVAMU graduates — a large number call this city home. Another city that attracts a wealth of PVAMU grads is Austin, Texas; given its high compensation (approximately $71K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other hand, PVAMU alumni who end up in Houston, Texas receive the lowest median salary of $61K.

Degree Major

Former Panthers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and earn a median salary of about $93K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Architecture (MArch) — their annual income amounts to approximately $40K on average.


Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Panthers — they earn 36 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is common among PVAMU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, slightly less than a fifth of former students report doing so. Also considered top-notch skills are Project Management, Customer Service, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. Most alums save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health coverage is awarded to most graduates, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of respondents as well. Additional perks enjoyed by Prairie View A & M University grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $60K for University of Texas at Tyler alumni, making their earnings most comparable to PVAMU grads. Other schools similar to PVAMU include the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas State University-San Marcos, and McNeese State University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1110 1390
ACT Scores 15 20

Key Stats for Prairie View A & M University


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$37,548 - $73,035
$36,527 - $91,633

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
$38,216 - $76,854

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