The avionics manufacturing industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. The average salary for a grad from NMSU is $60K.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $49K on average compared to approximately $66K for male graduates.
Rather than relocating after graduation, many NMSU alumni (approximately one in four) end up finding permanent jobs in Las Cruces. The top-paying city popular with NMSU alumni is Las Vegas, Nev., which offers a median salary of about $74K. Though Santa Fe, N.M. takes the cake for lowest pay among NMSU grads (the median salary is $51K there), it remains a common destination for former students. In addition, NMSU grads flock to neighboring Albuquerque, N.M. as well as Carlsbad, N.M.
A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) from NMSU can rake in a whopping average around $96K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with an Associate's Degree face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $24K per year.
Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Aggies — they earn 62 percent more than their fellow graduates. Just over a fifth of NMSU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.
Benefits and Perks
Just under half of the graduates do get paid time off for vacation, but only about two-fifths of alumni get paid sick time. A strong majority of survey participants receive health insurance, and a fair number of alumni get dental coverage. A strong majority of alumni plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Other benefits that New Mexico State University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.
Alumni of Texas Tech University pick up average paychecks of around $59K, which is closest to the amount made by NMSU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to NMSU include the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, and Oklahoma State University-Main Campus.