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New Mexico’s Minimum Wage Gets a Bump


On January 1,  the statewide minimum wage rose to $11.50 per hour, which is a $1 increase from the current state wage of $10.50.

The region’s minimum wage will likely increase slightly in March, and by 2023, will increase to $12.00 per hour. New Mexico will start 2022 with the 16th highest minimum wage among states, according to, a software company.

In January 2021, the state’s minimum wage finally caught up with rates in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Both cities previously had higher minimum wages than the state but chose only to match the statewide $10.50 that took effect this year.

For tipped workers such as servers and those working in hotels, they received a slight increase to $2.88 per hour, up .33 cents, but in Albuquerque, the tipped minimum is $6.90, still a bit below the minimum for the state. Please make sure to tip your servers if you spend a night in the town in Albuquerque!


This is now the third increase to the minimum wage set by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham since taking office in 2019. The increases were approved by the state legislature.