Salary & Benefits

Pay Scale

Lateral Police Officer Pay

$5,000 Signing Bonus for out of state lateral
$15,000 Signing Bonus for New Mexico Certified

Non-Certified Entry Police Officer Pay

$3,000 Hiring bonus to be paid upon successful completion of the hiring process

Hourly Wage

Years of Experience
Cadet/Entry Level 
18 months - 3 years
3-5 years
5-10 years
10+ years
Pay Per Hour

Benefits Offered

Benefits Education Incentive
Associates: $1,500 a year
Bachelors: $2,000 a year
Masters: $2,500 a year

25-year retirement at 70% of high five-year average salary with the ability to reach 95% with additional service years. Retirement is provided through the New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association. The employee contributes 15.14%.

Vacation / Sick Leave
Vacation and holiday pay accrual for shift employee starting at 160 hours per year. At beginning of sixth year, vacation accrual increases to 200 hours per year and sick time to 96 hours a year.

Life Insurance
Life insurance coverage is paid by the city for employee’s at one and half times their annual salary. Supplemental life policies are also available.

Deferred Compensation
Deferred Compensation companies are offered.

Health Coverage
Group health coverage is offered. Single and family premiums are offered on a biweekly pay period. Retiree health benefits are available.

Tax Adjustment for Benefits
Contribution to retirement, deferred compensation and health coverage is considered an adjustment before taxes, therefore lowering tax burden.

Additional Benefits
  • 4/10 Workweek
  • Take home vehicle
  • Paid PT time
  • Paid lunch hour
  • Most advanced training in the area
  • Department issued cell phone
  • Department issued uniform and equipment including, firearm, vest, and boots
  • Tuition assistance for college classes