Compensation Philosophy

We are committed to providing a competitive staff compensation program that will attract and retain highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated employees at all levels of the institution through fair and equitable pay in line with the College’s budget.

If you have concerns related to compensation contact the Senior Human Resources Consultant at (505) 224-4600 or email

Compensation Program Goals

  • To lead the market in entry level salaries and utilize market studies to ensure competitive salaries for all other positions at the College.
  • To compensate employees in ways that connect, inspire, motivate, and promote an exceptional and positive working culture.
  • To attract and retain a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated staff though fair and equitable pay.
  • To support employee development and growth.  
  • To evaluate internal equity and ensure new employees and current employees pay rates are equitable.
  • To comply with policy, applicable laws, and regulations.
  • To offer a generous total compensation package that includes medical benefits, flexible spending account, disability, employee assistance programs, tuition waiver and assistance programs, paid leave, unparalleled paid holiday schedule, and remote work options.

Compensation Program Objectives

  • Transparency: Provide managers and employees access to job-related content, pay guidelines, and salary.
  • External Competitiveness: Reflect pay rates for comparable jobs within the relevant labor The College uses relevant market data such as College and University Professional Association (CUPA), Rocky Mountain States, University of New Mexico (UNM), City of Albuquerque (COA), Bernalillo County, Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), and New Mexico State University (NMSU).
  • Internal Equity: Provide pay guidelines that ensure similar jobs are paid equitably across the College and internal pay is reviewed as part of establishing new employee’s pay rates.
  • Advancement Opportunities: Provide employees with opportunities to grow their career at the College within their department or across the College.