Combining good value and great education, Prairie View A & M University is ranked in the top 12 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 Prairie View, Texas. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

9.2 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

64 %

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Prairie View A & M University Median Salary by Job


Project Engineer
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Process Engineer
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  • Updated: 15 Jun 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 507
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About This School

FM 1098 Road & University Drive
Prairie View, TX 77446


Research University, State School, For Sports Fans

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Public K-12 education, clinical care, and the health care industry are just a few of the areas in which PVAMU grads find work. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. PVAMU graduates see an average starting salary of $63K.


In the PVAMU alumni professional community, Process Engineers make the highest median pay ($93K), though Family Nurse Practitioners (about $90K), and Software Engineers ($85K) are close competitors. Project Managers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $52K.


Home to a large number of PVAMU alums, Houston, Texas is by far the most attractive city for these former students. PVAMU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Atlanta, Ga., which offers a median salary of approximately $75K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among PVAMU grads is Austin, Texas (median compensation is around $50K). Nearby Dallas, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas also rank high on the list of cities for PVAMU grads.

Degree Major

Former Panthers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) and earn a median salary of about $132K per year. An Associate of Arts (AA) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $36K.


Knowledge of People Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 41 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (approximately $89K). One-sixth of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Microsoft Word rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and merely one in four survey participants get paid sick time. It is no small feat that most survey participants are given health coverage, and a strong majority of respondents accept dental insurance. A large number of survey participants opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Prairie View A & M University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alumni of McNeese State University pick up average paychecks of $64K, which is closest to the amount made by PVAMU grads among similar schools. The University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas State University-San Marcos, and the University of Houston-Victoria are also similar to PVAMU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1130 1370
ACT Scores 16 20

Key Stats for Prairie View A & M University


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$40,795 - $80,734
$46,551 - $99,537

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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$88,319 - $96,776
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$42,579 - $84,618
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