Early Childhood Education Jobs in New Mexico
New Mexico is known as the land of enchantment, and with such beautiful scenery and natural wonders, it’s easy to see why. Salaries for preschool teachers and others working in the field of early childhood education here live up to expectations. Education administrators in preschool and child care are likely to find work with pay right at the national average. Salaries in Santa Fe’s schools and organizations are particularly friendly toward special education teachers and preschool teachers.
New Mexico’s overall affordability and high quality-of-life, make it a perfect location for a job that allows you about three months of time off to enjoy each year. The state is also far from being an intellectual backwater, boasting the highest proportion of PhDs of any state. With most positions in preschools and other settings set to expand over the coming decade, it’s a solid choice for early childhood educators.
- Rasmussen College - Online 9-month ECE Certificate, Online Bachelor’s in ECE Leadership
USC Rossier - Online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
- Fordham University - Online Master of Science in Teaching
- USC - Master's in School Counseling Online
- NYU - Master’s Degree in School Counseling Online
- Vanderbilt Peabody College - Online Master’s with School Counseling
- Capella University - Online Master's in Early Childhood Education
- Concordia University - Online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education
New Mexico Salary Rankings
in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare
in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool
in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
in the US for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School
in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
in the US for Childcare Workers
Early Childhood Jobs in New Mexico
High growth rates mark most early childhood education jobs in the Land of Enchantment. Social workers in child and family services are expected to expand by over 12 percent in the next seven years, for instance, and most other categories will experience growth between 5 and 10 percent. With salaries that hover around the national average for preschool and kindergarten teachers, there should be plenty of great job opportunities for years.
|Occupation||Total Employed||Median Annual Salary||% of US Median|
|Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education||2,490||$34,100||99%|
|Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School||760||$51,050||81%|
|Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education||1,160||$53,780||92%|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||1,830||$41,460||83%|
|Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare||300||$46,340||83%|
|Special Education Teachers, Preschool||210||$48,710||89%|
|= Salary below nat’l. avg. = Salary above nat’l. avg.|
Childcare Workers – There are 2,380 childcare workers in New Mexico, making an average of $21,940 a year. The field is expected to grow by more than 7 percent by 2026.
Child, Family, and School Social Workers – There are 1,830 social workers in schools and other settings working with children and families statewide. They make an average of $41,460. This job category boasts the highest growth of any in the field with more than 12 percent growth expected by 2026.
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – New Mexico has 1,160 kindergarten teachers working outside of special education. Their average salary is $53,780. Their numbers will grow by over 5 percent in the next 7 years.
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – 2,490 preschool teachers work throughout New Mexico, making an average salary of $34,100 annually. That’s right about the national average for the position.
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School – 760 teachers work in special education with kindergartners and elementary school students here. They make an average of $51,050 annually.
Special Education Teachers, Preschool and Childcare – There are only 210 preschool-level special education teachers in New Mexico, making an average of $48,710 a year.
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – As a small state, New Mexico has only 300 early education administrators, but the field is growing—the state projects a more than 6 percent increase over the next 7 years. They make an average of $46,340 annually.
City-Level Job Stats
Albuquerque may boast the most job openings in the most categories related to early childhood education here, but it’s little Las Cruces that ranks first when it comes to salaries. Although the state as a whole offers average or slightly below average salaries for these positions, educators in Las Cruces can enjoy New Mexico’s low cost of living and other advantages while raking in salaries well above the national average.
- Albuquerque, NM – 1,220 teachers with a median annual salary of $30,140
- Farmington, NM – 190 teachers with a median annual salary of $24,460
- Las Cruces, NM – 280 teachers with a median annual salary of $24,430
- Santa Fe, NM – 130 teachers with a median annual salary of $34,470
- Albuquerque, NM – 530 teachers with a median annual salary of $48,280
- Farmington, NM – 40 teachers with a median annual salary of $46,600
- Las Cruces, NM – 120 teachers with a median annual salary of $75,070
- Santa Fe, NM – 60 teachers with a median annual salary of $53,840
Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School
- Albuquerque, NM – 330 teachers with a median annual salary of $44,570
- Las Cruces, NM – 190 administrators with a median annual salary of $91,310
- Santa Fe, NM – 90 teachers with a median annual salary of $53,770
Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare
- Albuquerque, NM – 170 administrators with a median annual salary of $39,060
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed April 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nm.htm#25-0000.
BLS salary data represents state and MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.