Nursing Salary In New Mexico

The average New Mexico nursing salary is $60,000. The state has a very large nursing population, with 35,000 registered nurses working in the state and another 15,000 licensed practical and vocational nurses. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for nurses to find jobs in the field and to earn a good salary.

New Mexico has several universities that offer programs in nursing, including the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque), Eastern New Mexico University (Portales), and Western New Mexico University (Silver City). The University of New Mexico also offers a master’s program in nursing practice. There are numerous other schools throughout the state that provide training for nurses at the associate’s or bachelor’s level.

The average annual salary for nurses in New Mexico is $60,000 per year.

Nursing Salary In New Mexico

Average Registered Nurse Salary in New Mexico

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Registered nurses in New Mexico earn an average of $77,590 per year (or $37.31 per hour).


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New Mexico registered nurses earn 6% lower than the national average salary for RNs, at $82,750 (or $39.78 per hour).

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Registered nurse salary range in New Mexico







Annual SalaryHourly Wage
90th Percentile$98,660$47
75th Percentile$79,740$38
25th Percentile$63,480$30

80% of New Mexico RNs earn between $60,320 and $98,660.

Cost-of-living adjusted registered nurse salary in New Mexico

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, New Mexico RNs earn about $84,705 per year. Cost-of-living in New Mexico is 8% lower than the national average, meaning they face lower prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Registered Nurse Salaries by State

Highest paying cities in New Mexico for registered nurses

Albuquerque, NM$79,570 per year
Santa Fe, NM$79,350 per year
Farmington, NM$73,900 per year
Las Cruces, NM$70,860 per year

New Mexico nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where registered nurses are paid the highest is Albuquerque, where the average RNs salary is $79,570 and 9,740 registered nurses are currently employed. The Santa Fe area comes in second, with a $79,350 average RN salary and 880 registered nurses employed.

How much do similar professions get paid in New Mexico?

Nurse Anesthetist$164,900 per year
Nurse Practitioner$118,480 per year
Nurse Midwife$107,600 per year
Physical Therapist$98,580 per year
Dental Hygienist$84,480 per year
Licensed Practical Nurse$56,040 per year
Pharmacy Technician$37,690 per year

At a $77,590 average annual salary, RNs in New Mexico tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($164,900), nurse practitioners ($118,480), nurse midwives ($107,600), physical therapists ($98,580), and dental hygienists ($84,480). They tend to earn more than licensed practical nurses ($56,040) and pharmacy technicians ($37,690).

More about registered nurses

Registered nurses are licensed practitioners who help provide crucial care to patients in a wide variety of settings. Generally, they work under the supervision of a doctor or a nurse practitioner. Their day-to-day responsibilities depend on the specialty in which they choose to practice. Some of the most common specialties include ICU, pediatric, and medical-surgical nurses.

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