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Learn more about average salaries, cost of living, and expenses in the New Mexico region.


Salaries range from $36,000 to $38,000 for new teachers in New Mexico. Local schools or districts independently hire corps members. They are responsible for obtaining certification and employment and are not paid by Teach For America.

  • Monthly Pre-Tax Salary: $3000
  • Estimated Taxes: $500
  • Mandatory Retirement Contribution: $320
  • Health Insurance: $160
  • Monthly Take Home Pay: $2,020


Corps members are hired as full-time, salaried employees of their school district, charter school, or other employer. They will receive benefits including health insurance, vacation, sick time, and retirement.

Average benefits of schools in New Mexico include:

  • Health benefits
  • Medical, dental, and vision care
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement benefits

Moving Costs

  • Average deposit: $800
  • Moving costs: Vary based on distance but include travel to New Mexico in early summer, carpool travel from New Mexico to Tulsa for summer institute (a training program), and travel from Tulsa back to New Mexico in late summer before the school year begins
  • Summertime expenses: Corps members report spending approximately $2500 over the course of the summer (this cost can vary widely based on food and entertainment costs). Financial assistance through Teach For America is available. 

Rent and Utilities

Average rent varies across the region.

In more rural communities, rent and utilities is low:

  • $450 Single
  • $300 Shared

In towns or urban placements, rent and utilities are a bit higher:

  • $650 to $900 Single
  • $400 to $500 Shared

Living Expenses

A typical corps member budget might look something like this:

  • Food: $400 per month
  • Gas: $150 per month (depends significantly on the length of your commute)
  • Car Insurance: $100 per month
  • Cell Phone: $70 per month
  • Car Payment: If applicable

Housing Assistance

Many school districts serving Native communities offer teacher housing for employees, sometimes at a subsidized rate.


A car is required for almost all placements in the New Mexico region.