Best Colleges in New Mexico by Salary Potential

A bachelor’s degree doesn’t always mean a great salary. Before enrolling, research New Mexico colleges with the highest-paid graduates.

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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Engineering, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$62,500$121,50062%91%

1New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$62,500
Mid-Career Pay$121,500
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees91%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,700$96,40062%22%

2New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$96,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees22%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,100$93,80060%19%

3University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,100
Mid-Career Pay$93,800
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees19%
4Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,700$88,700N/A0%

4St. John's College (New Mexico)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$88,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
5State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,000$79,80060%5%

5Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,000
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees5%
6Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,500$74,400N/A3%

6University of the Southwest
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees3%
7State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,200$73,80079%4%

7Western New Mexico University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$73,800
% High Meaning79%
% STEM Degrees4%
8State SchoolBachelorsPublic$39,600$70,80062%4%

8New Mexico Highlands University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,800
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees4%
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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, located in Socorro, is the New Mexico is among the top colleges in New Mexico for median early-career salaries, and that trend follows into what’s known as mid-career salaries after about 10 years of experience. But if you really want to maximize your earning potential as a New Mexico Tech alum, go get a graduate degree — the median mid career salary rises when students with advanced degrees are included.

New Mexico State University, located in Las Cruces, is a highly recommended college on the list: Around three-quarters of its alumni indicated that they would recommend the school to others, while a slightly smaller percent of alumni from University of New Mexico say they recommend the school.

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio (at 12:1), with an undergrad enrollment of 1,604 (also making it the smallest college on our list).

A few of the famous alumni to graduate from New Mexico colleges and universities include: John Adair, James Anaya, Christopher Andronicos, Jerry Apodaca, John Baker, Hank Baskett, Sarah Bird, David Bishop, Ken Brown, Tony Booth, and Timothy Brau.

The largest employers in New Mexico are: the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Albuquerque Journal, UNM Hospitals, Albuquerque Health Partners LLC, New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico State University, Intel Corp, Albuquerque International Support, and the Albuquerque Police Dept.


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