New Mexico Law Enforcement Salaries

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
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Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salaries in New Mexico

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albuquerque NM
260
77320
Farmington NM
50
48830
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
50
47070
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
220
63640

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albuquerque NM
1510
45050
Farmington NM
330
53510
Las Cruces NM
380
45440
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
550
40780
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
880
41300
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
270
38840

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:

Step
Patrolman
Lieutenant
1
$37128
$63413
2
$38482
$65314
3
$39876
$67271
4
$41267
$69290
5
$42659
6
$44050
7
$45442
8
$46835
9
$48256
10
$49712
11
$51205
12
$52743

Police Supervisors and Detectives Salaries in New Mexico

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albuquerque NM
200
71300
Farmington NM
50
70400
Las Cruces NM
70
71610
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
60
55830
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
120
60530
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
30
69610

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