New Mexico State University - Main Campus Alumni Average Salary

Combining good value and great education, New Mexico State University is ranked in the top 15 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Las Cruces, N.M. The data in this summary come from NMSU alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus Median Salary by Job


Electrical Engineer
21 profiles

Mechanical Engineer
21 profiles

Configuration Management (CM) Specialist
20 profiles

United States (change)

Civil Engineer
13 profiles

Operations Manager
10 profiles

Software Engineer
8 profiles

Project Engineer
7 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 718
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About This School

2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

New Mexico State University


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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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.

Degree Major

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.

Related Schools

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.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1240 1590
ACT Scores 18 24

Key Stats for New Mexico State University - Main Campus


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$20,134 - $60,233
$46,978 - $95,316

Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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