According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reported in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, the median New Mexico law enforcement salaries in 2010 were:
- Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $43,350
- Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $63,550
- Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $71,780
Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salaries in New Mexico
Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in New Mexico
At the Albuquerque Police Department, Police Cadets completing the 25-week academy training receive a starting salary of $37,939.20. After the training program, the promotion to Police Officer Second Class is given and the salary increased to $41,683.20. One year after graduating from the academy, another promotion to Police Officer First Class is given, and the salary increases again to $52,374.40.
The Albuquerque Police Department also offers these benefits to its police officers:
- Graveyard shift differential: $600 per year
- Bilingual pay: $600 per year
- Specialty unit pay: $600 per year
- Swing shift differential: $300 per year
- Field training officer: $1,200 per year
- Bachelor’s degree incentive: $1,620 per year
- Master’s degree incentive: $1,920 per year
- PHD incentive: $2,220 per year
Police laterals, which are officers with experience, are started at the same salary level as Police Officer First Class.
At the county level, such as at the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, deputy sheriffs who are certified but have no law enforcement experience are started at a rate of $34,860.80 per year. Deputy Sheriffs who are certified with at least 5 years of previous experience receive an annual salary of $40,144.
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Salaries in New Mexico
State Trooper Salary in New Mexico
The state trooper salary in New Mexico begins at $30,784 for New Mexico State Police Recruits. The pay scale beyond that is as follows:
Police Supervisors and Detectives Salaries in New Mexico