Research Salaries in New Mexico

Gaining a teaching certification in New Mexico is a smart career move that can lead to great reward and self-fulfillment. But like other college graduates, new teachers are no doubt curious about what they can expect to earn working in the classroom.

Even though becoming a teacher in New Mexico doesn’t mean one will receive the largest salary in the nation, New Mexico teachers have seen strong increases over the last decade. The 2006-2007 school year was the strongest, with a 5.15% increase. According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, a New Mexico certified teacher during the 2008-2009 school year could expect to receive on average $46,917, which was a 4.66% salary increase from the previous year.

Teaching candidates can refer to the following data culled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the average salaries once teaching requirements in New Mexico have been fulfilled.

Education, Training, and Library Occupations Annual mean wage in New Mexico Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $82,130 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $88,070 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $75,640 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $64,910 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $57,440 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $28,860 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $46,300 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $51,470 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $48,640 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $50,380 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $50,480 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $46,120 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $50,060 $39,370

Salaries, of course, can vary greatly from region to region and, within each region, school district to school district. Below are the three largest metropolitan areas in New Mexico — Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Sante Fe — along with their expected average salary.

City Annual mean wage
Albuquerque $44,080
Las Cruces $49,000
Santa Fe $44,580

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Central New Mexico Community College

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525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 224-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus

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1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
(575) 562-1011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus

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52 University Blvd
Roswell, NM 88202-6000
(575) 624-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

New Mexico Highlands University

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University Ave
Las Vegas, NM 87701
(505) 425-7511

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

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801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
(800) 428-8324

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

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2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-0111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Northern New Mexico College

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921 Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532
(505) 747-2100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Post-Bachelors

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 277-0111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus

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280 La Entrada
Los Lunas, NM 87031-7633
(505) 925-8500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

University of the Southwest

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6610 North Lovington Hwy
Hobbs, NM 88240
(575) 392-6561

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Western New Mexico University

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1000 W. College Ave
Silver City, NM 88061
(505) 538-6336

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
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