Top Areas for Hiring

New Mexico’s top destinations for educators include Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but there are opportunities for educators statewide. The following guide offers a snapshot of some of the state’s most popular destinations for educators.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Albuquerque
  • 559,121
  • 95.8%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $51,540
  • [TBA]

Albuquerque Public Schools is the largest employer of teachers in Albuquerque and in the state. For available openings, one can visit their career site.  On the postsecondary side of hiring, the University of New Mexico is the largest employer; for openings, check their career site. Other local employers include Central New Mexico Community College, which posts job openings on its website.  Still other options on the postsecondary side include Southwest University of Visual Arts and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. The living wage is somewhat hire than average teacher salaries in the city, but postsecondary educators and educators tend to meet or exceed living wage requirements for a family of four.

2Santa Fe
  • 148,686
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $65,333
  • [TBA]

Santa Fe is one of the best places in New Mexico for educators to live and work since it was of the few places where public school teachers tend to make more than the city’s estimated living wage for a family. Best bets for K-12 educators are schools operated by Santa Fe Public Schools. Available openings are posted on their recruitment site. On the postsecondary side of hiring, there are several local liberal arts colleges including St. John’s College and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

3Las Cruces
  • 101,643
  • 97.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $56,593
  • [TBA]

Las Cruces Public School District is the major employer on the K-12 side of hiring. For openings, visit the district’s recruitment site. Other options on the K-12 side of hiring can be found at area charter schools and private Christian schools. The main campus of New Mexico State University, which posts jobs online, is located in Las Cruces. Doña Ana Community College, connected to New Mexico State University, also operates a local campus. While the living wage is somewhat above the city’s average annual salaries for educators, most educators with seniority and those working at the college and university level in full-time positions meet or exceed the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

4Rio Rancho
  • 94,171
  • 92.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $55,266
  • [TBA]

The largest employer on the K-12 side is Rio Rancho Public Schools, which posts jobs online. Central New Mexico Community College also has a campus in Rio Rancho and so does the University of New Mexico, which posts job openings on its recruitment site. The Living wage to average pay gap in Rio Rancho is approximately $4,000, but educators with seniority and those with full-time postsecondary positions generally meet or exceed the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

5Roswell
  • 48,544
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $55,266
  • [TBA]

In Roswell, on the K-12 side of hiring, Roswell Independent School District is the major local employer. For openings, check the district’s job page. Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell is the best bet on the postsecondary side. While educator wages tend to lag behind the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four, educators with seniority tend to meet or exceed the region’s living wage.

6Clovis
  • 39,480
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $55, 266
  • [TBA]

On the K-12 side of hiring, Clovis Municipal Schools is the largest employer. They post jobs on their website. The area is also home to several local faith-based schools. Postsecondary educators can look for work at Eastern New Mexico University, but it is actually located outside of Close in nearby Portales, and at Clovis Community College, which posts jobs on its career site. In close, educators can reasonably expect to meet or exceed the region’s living wage if they have many years of teaching experience and/or hold full-time postsecondary positions.

7Hobbs
  • 38,416
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $55, 266
  • [TBA]

In Hobbs, K-12 educators best bet is Hobbs Municipal Schools, which posts job opportunities online. On the postsecondary side, the University of the Southwest and New Mexico Junior College are best bets. On average, educators make just under the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

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