Salary Tables & Comp Information

Minimum Wage Increase – Effective January 1, 2023

In 2019, the New Mexico Legislature passed an amendment to the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act, which enforces annual increases to the minimum wage. At this time, there are no changes to the NMSU regular pay scales. However, student minimum hourly rate will increase to $12.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2023.

Faculty and Staff Compensation Philosophy

NMSU is committed to providing a fair and competitive compensation program that will attract, retain, develop, and reward faculty and staff. Our goal is to provide a total compensation package (salaries and benefits) to attract and retain high caliber diverse employees.  Factors that will be considered in determining compensation include market, credentials and merit.  In addition, the compensation program will comply with all applicable laws and be clearly communicated.
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Retroactive Pay Adjustments Retroactive adjustments to rate of pay, wages or salary for work already performed are not permitted under New Mexico law. The only retroactive payments that will be allowed are those required to remediate a prior miscalculation, or other administrative error. All decisions relating to the possibility of a base pay adjustment require the proper administrative approvals and central Human Resource Services approval prior to negotiating, agreeing or notifying the affected employee. All pay transactions must be submitted with a future effective date. Ideally, pay adjustments should coincide with the beginning of a new pay period.

Compensation Guidelines for Exempt Staff

The purpose of these guidelines is to share information with colleges/divisions in order to allow greater flexibility and transparency of NMSU’s compensation practices for regular exempt staff. The guidelines were also developed to assist HR Services in responding to previous audit concerns and in documenting compensation practices to ensure consistency in their administration.

Access the Compensation Guidelines here.

Additional Pay and ERB Earnings Eligibility

Additional pay is an avenue that provides departments with various authorized methods to provide an employee with additional compensation beyond their normal regular hourly or salary pay under identified and approved special circumstances and conditions. Below is a comprehensive list of all additional pay types and an indication of if they are eligible or ineligible for Educational Retirement Board wage reporting purposes.

New hires, View or Download the file.