Salaries for Detectives, Homicide Detectives, Criminologists and Criminal Investigators in New Mexico

According to the New Mexico Workforce Connection’s online portal known as LASER, Labor Analysis Statistics & Economic Research, the average detective salary in New Mexico is $78,214. The median is about 10% more at $87,059. There is also a big swing between bottom and top level salaries with entry-level averaging $54,015 and experienced-level averaging $90,318, a difference of 40%.

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Of course, these are statewide figures, and one way to examine salary more closely is by locality:

Albuquerque

  • Median: $72,647
  • Average: $78,275
  • Starting Salary: $41,819
  • Experienced Salary: $96,492

Las Cruces

  • Median: $89,934
  • Average: $82,343
  • Starting Salary: $62,921
  • Experienced Salary: $92,059

Santa Fe

  • Median: $50,736
  • Average: $53,367
  • Starting Salary: $40,969
  • Experienced Salary: $59,571

The table below provides comparative salary information for criminal investigators across New Mexico as provided by the US Department of Labor:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albuquerque NM
250
79110
Farmington NM
40
53280
Las Cruces NM
680
84350
Santa Fe NM
70
53690
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
30
57340
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
190
72330
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
630
83950

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