Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in New Mexico
Is New Mexico a good place for you to work as a Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in New Mexico are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in New Mexico is growing slower than average.
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in New Mexico earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Work in New Mexico?
In 2018, there were 4,310 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers working in the state.
There were 4,540 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s a decline of 230 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 7,830 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers working in it, which means New Mexico has fewer Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers than average.
Job Projections for New Mexico
Jobs for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in this state are growing at a rate of 3.6% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.0%.
New Mexico Annual Job Openings
The BLS is projecting 300 annual Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers job openings in New Mexico, and 4,650 total jobs in the year 2026.
Nationwide, the prediction is 49,500 annual jobs and 731,900 total jobs in 2026.
What do Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Make in New Mexico?
In 2018 wages for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ranged from $36,570 to $63,360 with $52,070 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $17.58 to $30.46. The median hourly rate was $25.03.
Workers in this field were paid a median of $25.89 an hour in 2017.
The hourly rate declined by $0.86.
The median salary in New Mexico is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top New Mexico Metros for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|Las Cruces, NM||410||$49,310|
|Santa Fe, NM||280||$51,050|
Top States for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Employment
View the list below to see where most Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$71,570|
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