Proving Lifetime Value

The New Mexico State Police offer many different career tracks and many different directions for additional specialized training and advancements. Over the course of their careers with New Mexico State Police, over half of our officers have moved around as members of various units, and many have participated in multiple special programs. No matter what your interests are, there is a path to help you realize those goals.

Full retirement starts at just 25 years of service. At that time, retirement is paid out monthly at 75% of the average of the highest earning 3 years during an officer’s career. With the minimum time of 25 years, you will receive 75% of your salary for the rest of your life.

Demystifying The Numbers

New Mexico State Police starting base salary is $26.01 per hour, with overtime available at time and a half. What that doesn’t take into account is the additional benefits. You receive a 100% vehicle allowance, which means all of your vehicle costs are covered. Car ownership in the US today costs an average of $8,000 per year, so that represents a significant benefit for our officers. The department also covers all of your equipment and offers a uniform stipend of $1,000 per year.

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  • Sergeant $72-$82K
  • Lieutenant $91-$96K
  • Captain $104K+
  • Major $112K +
  • Deputy Chief $122K

Benefits Value


Officers also earn a variety of benefits. They begin earning Paid Time Off from the time they become an officer. Vacation time is earned as follows:

  • 0-10 years – 3 weeks a year to start
  • 10-15 years – 3.5 weeks
  • 15-20 years – 4.2 weeks
  • 20+ years – 4.8 weeks

Officers can bank up to 240 hours to rollover. They also receive 3.69 hours of sick leave per pay period, which rolls over if not used. If you bank 600 hours or more of unused sick time, you can sell it back to the NMSP.

We also offer great health insurance, including medical and dental, and the employer contributes to the plan to help offset your costs.

Officers also receive $1000 per year towards uniform and equipment upgrades. Unlike many other law enforcement organizations, weapons for NMSP officers are paid for in full.

Start the first chapter of your NMSP story today.


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