New Mexico state government salary

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This page describes the compensation, salaries and benefits that New Mexico's public employees receive from state and local government.

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, New Mexico state legislators did not receive an annual salary.[1] Legislators received a per diem of $159 per day.[1]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[2]
Office '10 salary Current official
Governor $110,000[3] Suzanna Martinez
Lieutenant Governor $85,000 John A. Sanchez
Secretary of State $85,000 Dianna J. Duran
Attorney General $95,000 Gary King
Treasurer $85,000 James Lewis

As of 2008, the salary of New Mexico's governor ranked 34th among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors was $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors was $129,962.[4]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
New Mexico judicial salaries[5]
Position '09 salary Current justice
Associate Justice $125,691 Barbara J. Vigil
Chief Justice $123,691 Petra Jiminez Maes
Associate Justice $123,691 Richard Bosson
Associate Justice $123,691 Edward Chavez
Associate Justice $123,691 Charles Daniels

As of 2010, the salary of New Mexico's chief justice ranked 44th among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $151,284.[5]

As of 2010, the salaries of New Mexico's associate justices ranked 44th among U.S. associate justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $151,142. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $145,984.[5]

State and local employees

As of 2010. Peter Dekom, New Mexico's film consultant, earned more than any state employee. The State Investment Council elected to extend his contract in 2010, which is for 30 hours a month at $260,000 a year.[6]

Teacher salaries

According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, New Mexico's average teacher salary in 2008-2009 was approximately $46,917, an estimated 4.66% increase as compared to the $44,830 average salary in the 2007-2008 school year.[7][8]

Teacher salaries[9]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$36,003 $45,752


State workers traditionally received four hours of paid leave in addition to their regular annual leave to attend the Fiesta de Santa Fe and State Fair.[10] In 2007, the cost to taxpayers for the four-hour leave was estimated at about $1.5 million.[10] The leave was canceled in 2010 due to the state budget crisis. In FY 2010, most state employees had to take five unpaid furlough days due to the budget crisis.[10]


See also: New Mexico public pensions

Under the FY 2012 state budget, state employees and educators paid an extra 1.75 percent of their salaries for their pensions, saving the state nearly $50 million.[11]

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