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Minimum wage is the lowest hourly, daily or monthly wage that businesses may legally pay to employees or workers. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions enforces the state and federal minimum wage. Certain cities and counties enforce their own minimum wage. Businesses should be aware that the state will enforce the highest available rate. Contact one of the Labor Relations offices listed below for more information.

Most New Mexico businesses will see the state minimum wage increase and will be required to pay a minimum wage of:

    • $10.50 per hour effective January 1, 2021 (previously $9.00 per hour effective January 1, 2020)
    • $2.55 per hour for tipped employees effective January 1, 2021 (previously $2.35 per hour effective January 1, 2020)

Upcoming New Mexico minimum wage increases:

    • Effective January 1, 2022: $11.50 per hour
      $2.80 per hour for tipped employees
    • Effective January 1, 2023: $12.00 per hour
      $3.00 per hour for tipped employees

Federal minimum wage increases:

    • $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009 (previously $6.55 per hour effective July 24, 2008)
    • $2.13 per hour effective July 24, 2009

City and County Minimum Wage Ordinances

  • Albuquerque
    Minimum wage (with no benefits or benefits under $2500): $10.50 per hour
    Minimum wage (with benefits over $2500): $9.50 per hour
    Minimum wage for tipped employees: $6.30 per hour plus tips to equal $9.50
    CABQ Minimum Wage Information 
  • Bernalillo County
    Minimum wage: $9.35 per hour
    Minimum wage for tipped employees: $2.13 per hour plus tips to equal $9.35
    Bernalillo County Minimum Wage Ordinance
  • Las Cruces
    Minimum wage: $10.50 per hour
    Minimum wage for tipped employees: $4.20 per hour plus tips to equal $10.50
    Las Cruces Minimum Wage Ordinance


Minimum Wage Act Posting

Businesses are required by state and federal law to post at their workplaces certain information concerning the rights of employees. The required posters, including federal posters, are available free of charge from New Mexico state agencies.

*Attention Employers: The Minimum Wage Act summaries serve as a new posting option for your workplace. You may post the one page summary or you may keep the full version of the Minimum Wage Act posted if you do not wish to replace it. Either one of these postings will suffice to meet your requirement.


For more information on Federal Law on minimum wage visit the US DOL website at the following links:

Contact Labor Relations

As part of the state's efforts to limit in-person contact in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, public access to all offices will be limited. Please call your local office for available services.

Como parte de los esfuerzos del estado en limitar el contacto en persona en respuesta al brote de coronavirus (COVID-19), el acceso público a todas las oficinas será limitado. Por favor llame a su oficina local para los servicios disponibles.

Albuquerque Map
401 Broadway Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-841-4400
Fax: 505-841-4424
Las Cruces Map
Las Cruces
226 South Alameda Blvd
Las Cruces NM 88005
Phone: 575-524-6195
Fax: 575-524-6194

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