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. Retirement is provided through the New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association. The employee contributes 17.8% and the city contributes 18.9%.

Vacation / Sick Leave
Vacation and holiday pay for shift employee is 160 hours per year. At beginning of sixth year it increases to 200 hours per year and sick time is 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.