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Average Salary in Mexico 2024

How much money does a person working in Mexico make?

Average Monthly Salary
33,400 MXN
( 400,000 MXN yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Mexico typically earns around 33,400 MXN. Salaries range from 8,410 MXN (lowest average) to 148,000 MXN (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries in Mexico vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Pay Scale and Salaries in Mexico

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
63,700 MXN or more
10% of people earn
49,900 to 63,700 MXN
20% of people earn
19,400 MXN or less
65% of people earn
19,400 to 49,900 MXN
Minimum Salary
8,410 MXN
29,300 MXN
148,000 MXN

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Mexico range from 8,410 MXN (starting salary) to 148,000 MXN (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 29,300 MXN, which means that 50% of the population in Mexico earns less than that while the other half earns more. 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population in Mexico earn less than 21,200 MXN while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 44,400 MXN while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights into how salaries are actually distributed in Mexico. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 19,400 MXN to 49,900 MXN. Approximately 20% fall under the 19,400 MXN cap. Ten percent of wages are from 49,900 MXN to 63,700 MXN. Only 5% of people grossed 63,700 MXN or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary is primarily determined by the level of experience one possesses, with higher levels of experience resulting in higher wages.

In Mexico, employees with two to five years of experience typically earn an average of 32% more than entry-level and junior workers in all industries and fields.

Individuals with more than five years of experience tend to earn an average of 36% more than those with less than five years of experience.

After ten years of work, salaries increase by 21%, with an additional 14% increase for those who have worked for over 15 years.

These figures should be used as rough estimates, as considering individual job titles can lead to more accurate assessments.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.
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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

The correlation between higher education and higher salary is widely acknowledged, but how much of an income increase can one expect from obtaining a degree?

We conducted a study in Mexico comparing the salaries of professionals with different levels of college degrees who held similar positions in various industries.

Our results showed that individuals with a certificate or diploma earned an average of 17% more than those who only completed high school.

Those who obtained a Bachelor's Degree earned 24% more than their counterparts with a certificate or diploma.

Professionals with a Master's Degree earned 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, those who held a PhD earned an average of 23% more than those with a Master's Degree while performing the same job.

Is investing in a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Is pursuing higher education worth the investment?

Earning a Master's degree or any post-graduate qualification in Mexico is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 167,000 MXN to 500,000 MXN and a duration of around two years. It's important to note that during this period, any salary increases are unlikely, assuming ongoing employment. Salary reviews are typically conducted after completing the program and obtaining the degree.

Many individuals pursue advanced education as a means of transitioning to higher-paying positions, and the statistics indicate that this is an effective strategy. On average, individuals who change jobs after earning a higher degree receive a salary increase of about 10% more than the typical annual raise.

Ultimately, deciding whether or not to pursue advanced education depends on a variety of factors, including the personal situation and experience. However, if one can afford the financial costs of obtaining a higher degree, the return on investment is likely to be worthwhile, with the ability to recoup the costs in approximately a year.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Mexico

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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? In Mexico, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 14% across all career fields.

35,700 MXN
31,200 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Mexico

How much are annual salary increments in Mexico? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Mexico are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Mexico
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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.

The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates in Mexico

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Mexico
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49% of surveyed staff in Mexico reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant22,400 MXN
Accounting Assistant18,200 MXN
Accounting Manager49,500 MXN
Bookkeeper14,800 MXN
Chartered Accountant29,600 MXN
Corporate Treasurer44,100 MXN
Financial Analyst40,700 MXN
Financial Manager67,500 MXN
Internal Auditor30,700 MXN

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant16,700 MXN
Office Manager28,000 MXN
Receptionist15,700 MXN
Secretary15,300 MXN

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director32,600 MXN
Creative Director31,700 MXN
Graphic Designer20,100 MXN
Photographer19,100 MXN

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer41,100 MXN
Air Traffic Controller36,800 MXN
Flight Attendant22,400 MXN
Pilot55,800 MXN

Architect40,200 MXN
CAD Drafter16,300 MXN

Mechanic12,500 MXN
Service Advisor22,500 MXN

Bank Branch Manager62,000 MXN
Teller12,100 MXN

Teacher26,600 MXN
Translator29,600 MXN

Business Planning
Business Analyst39,800 MXN
Business Development Manager50,500 MXN
Project Manager42,900 MXN

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny14,000 MXN
Nursery Teacher12,200 MXN

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer29,900 MXN
Construction Project Manager56,200 MXN
Health and Safety Officer15,200 MXN

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative12,700 MXN
Customer Service Manager43,600 MXN
Customer Service Representative12,600 MXN

Civil Engineer31,500 MXN
Electrical Engineer30,900 MXN
Engineer32,200 MXN
Mechanical Engineer31,900 MXN

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer75,100 MXN
Chief Financial Officer71,300 MXN
General Manager56,500 MXN
Project Manager36,200 MXN

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef19,900 MXN
Executive Chef24,900 MXN
Hotel Manager62,700 MXN
Receptionist12,500 MXN
Travel Agent20,500 MXN
Waiter / Waitress10,600 MXN

Health and Medical
Dentist78,100 MXN
Dietitian61,900 MXN
Laboratory Technician25,400 MXN
Nurse25,600 MXN

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager52,000 MXN
Human Resources Officer19,900 MXN

Information Technology
Computer Technician24,400 MXN
Database Administrator31,500 MXN
Developer / Programmer32,100 MXN
Information Technology Manager55,700 MXN
Network Engineer27,500 MXN

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer20,100 MXN

Attorney62,200 MXN
Legal Assistant17,400 MXN

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist37,900 MXN

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer29,700 MXN
Pharmacist41,500 MXN

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier13,000 MXN
Sales Manager59,600 MXN
Sales Representative21,100 MXN

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher23,300 MXN
Secondary School Teacher27,800 MXN

Average Hourly Wage in Mexico

190 MXN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Mexico is 190 MXN.This is the rate that the average individual gets paid for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Mexico is 49 MXN. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Acapulco39,100 MXN
Acuna33,300 MXN
Aguascalientes39,900 MXN
Boca del Rio29,500 MXN
Buenavista32,200 MXN
Campeche32,800 MXN
Cancun39,000 MXN
Celaya35,800 MXN
Chalco30,600 MXN
Chetumal30,100 MXN
Chicoloapan30,700 MXN
Chihuahua44,600 MXN
Chilpancingo31,800 MXN
Chimalhuacan38,700 MXN
Cholula de Rivadabia31,200 MXN
Ciudad Apodaca37,500 MXN
Ciudad del Carmen30,900 MXN
Ciudad Juarez30,600 MXN
Ciudad Lopez Mateos37,600 MXN
Ciudad Obregon35,400 MXN
Ciudad Santa Catarina34,500 MXN
Ciudad Valles28,700 MXN
Ciudad Victoria35,100 MXN
Coacalco34,700 MXN
Coatzacoalcos33,100 MXN
Colima29,200 MXN
Cordoba29,100 MXN
Cuautitlan Izcalli37,500 MXN
Cuautla29,600 MXN
Cuernavaca35,400 MXN
Culiacan40,500 MXN
Delicias28,400 MXN
Durango38,000 MXN
Ecatepec de Morelos45,600 MXN
Ensenada34,800 MXN
Fresnillo28,000 MXN
General Escobedo36,300 MXN
Gomez Palacio34,300 MXN
Guadalajara45,200 MXN
Guadalupe38,800 MXN
Guaymas27,400 MXN
Hermosillo39,700 MXN
Hidalgo del Parral27,100 MXN
Iguala28,000 MXN
Irapuato36,700 MXN
Ixtapaluca35,300 MXN
Jiutepec30,600 MXN
La Paz33,000 MXN
Leon45,100 MXN
Los Mochis34,500 MXN
Los Reyes la Paz34,100 MXN
Manzanillo28,700 MXN
Matamoros37,100 MXN
Mazatlan36,300 MXN
Merida39,700 MXN
Metepec32,500 MXN
Mexicali39,300 MXN
Mexico City45,500 MXN
Minatitlan27,400 MXN
Monclova32,500 MXN
Monterrey44,700 MXN
Morelia38,200 MXN
Naucalpan44,200 MXN
Navojoa27,100 MXN
Nezahualcoyotl44,400 MXN
Nogales32,000 MXN
Nuevo Laredo36,300 MXN
Oaxaca33,600 MXN
Ojo de Agua33,600 MXN
Orizaba27,600 MXN
Pachuca33,500 MXN
Piedras Negras29,700 MXN
Playa del Carmen30,000 MXN
Poza Rica31,100 MXN
Puebla45,300 MXN
Puerto Vallarta32,100 MXN
Queretaro38,600 MXN
Reynosa38,100 MXN
Salamanca30,300 MXN
Saltillo39,700 MXN
San Cristobal de las Casas31,400 MXN
San Juan del Rio28,900 MXN
San Luis Potosi39,200 MXN
San Luis Rio Colorado30,400 MXN
San Nicolas de los Garza36,900 MXN
San Pablo de las Salinas31,600 MXN
San Pedro Garza Garcia27,500 MXN
Soledad de Graciano Sanchez33,500 MXN
Tampico34,900 MXN
Tapachula31,600 MXN
Tehuacan33,400 MXN
Tepic35,600 MXN
Tijuana45,000 MXN
Tlalnepantla de Baz38,600 MXN
Tlaquepaque38,000 MXN
Toluca37,300 MXN
Tonala36,600 MXN
Torreon38,300 MXN
Tuxtla Gutierrez37,800 MXN
Uruapan34,000 MXN
Veracruz36,800 MXN
Villa Nicolas Romero34,600 MXN
Villahermosa36,100 MXN
Xalapa36,900 MXN
Xico35,800 MXN
Zacatecas28,200 MXN
Zamora de Hidalgo28,800 MXN
Zapopan44,800 MXN

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Mexico is 9% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
32,000 MXN
Public Sector+9%
34,800 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Mexico?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Mexico would range anywhere between 29,300 MXN and 44,400 MXN.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary in Mexico ranges from 8,410 MXN to 21,200 MXN. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, experience, and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

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

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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