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Software Engineer Average Salary in Mexico 2023

How much money does a Software Engineer make in Mexico?

Average Monthly Salary
30,600 MXN
( 367,000 MXN yearly)


A person working as a Software Engineer in Mexico typically earns around 30,600 MXN per month. Salaries range from 15,300 MXN (lowest) to 47,400 MXN (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Software Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Software Engineer Salary Distribution in Mexico

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Software Engineer salaries in Mexico range from 15,300 MXN per month (minimum salary) to 47,400 MXN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 30,600 MXN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Software Engineer(s) are earning less than 30,600 MXN while the other half are earning more than 30,600 MXN. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Software Engineer(s) are earning less than 20,700 MXN while 75% of them are earning more than 20,700 MXN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Software Engineer(s) are earning less than 39,000 MXN while 25% are earning more than 39,000 MXN.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Software Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Mexico Software Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Software Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Software Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 18,400 MXN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 24,300 MXN per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 32,500 MXN per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Software Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 38,800 MXN per month, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 41,800 MXN per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 44,900 MXN per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Software Engineer average salary change by experience in Mexico

0 - 2 Years
18,400 MXN
2 - 5 Years+32%
24,300 MXN
5 - 10 Years+34%
32,500 MXN
10 - 15 Years+19%
38,800 MXN
15 - 20 Years+8%
41,800 MXN
20+ Years+7%
44,900 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Software Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Software Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Software Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Software Engineer is 24,300 MXN per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 33,300 MXN per month, 37% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 42,900 MXN per month, 29% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Software Engineer average salary difference by education level in Mexico

Certificate or Diploma
24,300 MXN
Bachelor's Degree+37%
33,300 MXN
Master's Degree+29%
42,900 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Mexico costs anywhere from 166,000 Mexican Peso(s) to 498,000 Mexican Peso(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Software Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Mexico Software Engineer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Software Engineer employees in Mexico earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

31,400 MXN
29,600 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Mexico for all Careers

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Software Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Mexico

How much are annual salary increments in Mexico for Software Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Software Engineer

Software Engineer(s) in Mexico are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Mexico / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Mexico is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Mexico for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Software Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Mexico

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Mexico Software Engineer
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A Software Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Software Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Mexico

180 MXN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Mexico is 180 MXN. This means that the average Software Engineer in Mexico earns approximately 180 MXN for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Software Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Software Engineer and Information Technology monthly Mexico
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The average salary for Software Engineer is 11% less than that of Data Analysis. Also, Data Analysis salaries are 3% more than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Business Intelligence Analyst35,600 MXN+16%
Business Systems Analyst28,400 MXN-7%
Data Quality Analyst30,200 MXN-1%
Director of Application Development49,500 MXN+62%
Disaster Recovery Analyst30,800 MXN+1%
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect43,300 MXN+41%
ERP Analyst33,800 MXN+10%
Functional Analyst34,600 MXN+13%
Information Technology Training Analyst31,300 MXN+2%
OPS Manager42,800 MXN+40%
Reporting Analyst30,700 MXN+0%
Salesforce Administrator31,500 MXN+3%
SOA Analyst32,600 MXN+7%
Software Analyst31,100 MXN+2%
Software Architect32,100 MXN+5%
Software Engineer30,600 MXN-0%
Solutions Architect41,800 MXN+37%
Systems Analyst31,000 MXN+1%
Systems Architect33,100 MXN+8%
Technical Analyst27,200 MXN-11%
Technology Business Analyst33,600 MXN+10%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Acapulco40,300 MXN
Acuna31,700 MXN
Aguascalientes39,500 MXN
Boca del Rio26,100 MXN
Buenavista29,400 MXN
Campeche30,900 MXN
Cancun36,700 MXN
Celaya33,800 MXN
Chalco28,700 MXN
Chetumal27,500 MXN
Chicoloapan29,400 MXN
Chihuahua41,000 MXN
Chilpancingo28,500 MXN
Chimalhuacan37,800 MXN
Cholula de Rivadabia29,600 MXN
Ciudad Apodaca34,700 MXN
Ciudad del Carmen27,800 MXN
Ciudad Juarez27,900 MXN
Ciudad Lopez Mateos35,800 MXN
Ciudad Obregon34,900 MXN
Ciudad Santa Catarina34,200 MXN
Ciudad Valles27,500 MXN
Ciudad Victoria33,400 MXN
Coacalco31,800 MXN
Coatzacoalcos29,900 MXN
Colima26,000 MXN
Cordoba27,500 MXN
Cuautitlan Izcalli36,800 MXN
Cuautla26,800 MXN
Cuernavaca34,400 MXN
Culiacan40,500 MXN
Delicias26,700 MXN
Durango38,800 MXN
Ecatepec de Morelos39,800 MXN
Ensenada33,300 MXN
Fresnillo25,200 MXN
General Escobedo34,300 MXN
Gomez Palacio34,100 MXN
Guadalajara41,000 MXN
Guadalupe38,300 MXN
Guaymas25,000 MXN
Hermosillo38,100 MXN
Hidalgo del Parral25,500 MXN
Iguala24,500 MXN
Irapuato36,700 MXN
Ixtapaluca34,600 MXN
Jiutepec29,500 MXN
La Paz31,400 MXN
Leon39,800 MXN
Los Mochis33,400 MXN
Los Reyes la Paz32,000 MXN
Manzanillo26,800 MXN
Matamoros36,800 MXN
Mazatlan33,800 MXN
Merida37,800 MXN
Metepec30,200 MXN
Mexicali40,300 MXN
Mexico City42,500 MXN
Minatitlan24,800 MXN
Monclova31,700 MXN
Monterrey42,100 MXN
Morelia36,900 MXN
Naucalpan39,200 MXN
Navojoa23,800 MXN
Nezahualcoyotl40,700 MXN
Nogales29,400 MXN
Nuevo Laredo35,100 MXN
Oaxaca31,100 MXN
Ojo de Agua32,300 MXN
Orizaba25,600 MXN
Pachuca30,900 MXN
Piedras Negras28,000 MXN
Playa del Carmen26,500 MXN
Poza Rica28,700 MXN
Puebla42,500 MXN
Puerto Vallarta31,500 MXN
Queretaro39,900 MXN
Reynosa38,500 MXN
Salamanca29,400 MXN
Saltillo39,500 MXN
San Cristobal de las Casas28,600 MXN
San Juan del Rio25,900 MXN
San Luis Potosi40,000 MXN
San Luis Rio Colorado26,800 MXN
San Nicolas de los Garza37,500 MXN
San Pablo de las Salinas29,500 MXN
San Pedro Garza Garcia26,300 MXN
Soledad de Graciano Sanchez30,400 MXN
Tampico34,000 MXN
Tapachula31,000 MXN
Tehuacan32,200 MXN
Tepic35,900 MXN
Tijuana39,500 MXN
Tlalnepantla de Baz36,900 MXN
Tlaquepaque38,200 MXN
Toluca36,800 MXN
Tonala36,400 MXN
Torreon37,200 MXN
Tuxtla Gutierrez35,800 MXN
Uruapan31,700 MXN
Veracruz35,100 MXN
Villa Nicolas Romero33,200 MXN
Villahermosa33,800 MXN
Xalapa35,400 MXN
Xico36,000 MXN
Zacatecas26,000 MXN
Zamora de Hidalgo26,500 MXN
Zapopan42,500 MXN

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Mexico earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,900 MXN
Public Sector+9%
34,600 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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