20 Occupations in Mexico and How Much They Earn

Readers who are interested in moving to Mexico often contact me to ask if I know what the average salary is for a particular occupation. I normally respond by sending them a link to a very useful website that keeps track of that data called misalario.org.

The site allows you to easily determine the salary range and median salary for a long list of occupations based on years of experience. Here’s the link:


As long as we’re on the topic of salaries, I thought I would go ahead and include the salary data for 20 randomly chosen occupations in Mexico.

Average Salaries in Mexico

The original salary data was obtained in pesos; however, I converted it to U.S. dollars for the benefit of our readers. The exchange rate used was 18.5 MXN to 1 USD and amounts shown were rounded up to the nearest dollar.

Mexico is a large country, so salaries can vary quite a bit from area to area. The chart below reflects the nationwide salary averages in Mexico for someone with 10 years of experience in the listed position.

I included the monthly salary range for each occupation well as the median monthly salary to show where most people fall.

Salary data collected from misalario.org on 4/1/18

Let’s Wrap This Up

Although the salaries in Mexico are considerably lower than they are in countries like the U.S. or Canada, it’s important to keep in mind that the cost of living is also much lower. That’s why Mexico is a popular choice for American and Canadian retirees who want to make their limited retirement funds go as far as possible.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

19 Comments on "20 Occupations in Mexico and How Much They Earn"

  1. Ethel aka Fran | April 3, 2018 at 6:56 am |

    Retirement is better and I have no desire to be in any workforce again. I prefer to volunteer my time.

  2. It would be interesting to have information as to what the average cost of living is in the QRoo area.
    For example a average cost for home or rental per month
    Cost of groceries per month
    Utilizes per month
    Transportation per month
    Health care
    Does anyone retired in this region have info or be willing to share what their average cost per month is as retired person.
    Many Thanks

  3. Wow, with the ridiculously low wage that police officers earn, it’s really no wonder some of them try to “earn” a little extra!

  4. Lynne sanchez | April 3, 2018 at 8:22 am |

    We lived in Cancun from 1994-1998. It was hard to keep the FM3 -which was required to work there. Is it any easier to keep working papers now??

  5. Ingrid Royle | April 3, 2018 at 9:32 am |

    Thank you for all the valuable information. My daughter Liz gave me your info . I read every line of your post . Ingrid Royle. Icr

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 4, 2018 at 7:13 am |

      Thanks for taking the time to read it and be sue to tell your daughter we said thanks for spreading the word about the blog.

  6. Hi Paul

    Thank you for sharing just valuable information Im 42 years old and thinking of retiring in Guanajuato Mexico so to me all the information you share is appreciated.

    So. Cal resident

  7. My husband and I have been tracking our living expenses for the last 6 months. We live in QRoo. We own our home. We have lived on no more then $25,000 pesos or about $1500. USD per month. This includes, food, taxis, gas for our car, occasionally eating out and occasional fun venture and hotel, utilities and propinas. It does not include large home improvement projects to our Home or vacations.

  8. Ralph Topp | April 4, 2018 at 6:28 am |

    You mentioned that living costs are less in Mexico and that is the reason Mexicans can get by on lower incomes. The fact remains that Mexicans must still pay ‘world’ prices for many commodities that are common and necessary (eg propane, cars, electricity etc). My question is how do they do this on their low incomes?

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 4, 2018 at 7:11 am |

      Electricity is expensive but the government gives a subsidy for electricity if you aren’t classified as a “high user”. Other utilities are relatively inexpensive. Many people use public transportation and there are subsidies available for housing etc.

  9. Yes, I really would love the answer to Ralph’s question, all the utilities and groceries are about the same as what we pay, how do the Mexican’s do it?
    No one seems to know the answer

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 4, 2018 at 7:07 am |

      Groceries are generally less and utilities are inexpensive unless you are considered a high electricity user. In that case, you lose a government subsidy and will pay over 300% more per kilowatt.

  10. Ralph Topp | April 4, 2018 at 9:55 am |

    There is a rising middle class in Mexico and I think the numbers are significant. These are people who drive cars, shop at places like Costco, eat at higher end restaurants, have vacation homes etc. Have a look at the parking lot in a Costco store. There should be a category in your salary listings for this middle class. I have difficulty accepting the fact that these people would fit in your posted list of salaries.

    I have a question. If you were presently growing up in Mexico, knowing what you do now about salaries etc., wanting a middle class life style and about to select your education for your future career, which career path would you choose?

  11. Rosa saba | April 5, 2018 at 2:16 am |

    Hi Paul I was born in mexico but been in california 50 years im 60 now and thinking about going back but i’m A bit scared to purchase a property i’mlearning A lot from you and would like to know what areas are safe my husband i typical in thinking all of mexico is dangerous and corrupted. Do you think you can guide us maybe finding a rental agency to rent before we buy. Any input i would greatly appreciate.

  12. Ralph Doncaster | April 19, 2018 at 10:35 pm |

    I was in TJ recently, and asked a restaurant worker what the local minimum wage is. He told me 25pesos/hr, or about US$1.40.

    • Q-Roo Paul | April 20, 2018 at 7:19 am |

      The minimum wage in Mexico isn’t even that good. In December it went up to $88.36 pesos a day

  13. Julie Tomlinson | May 8, 2018 at 2:52 pm |

    Do I need to have a PRP already to find work or can I qualify for work with a TRP ? I want to work, at least until I have decided where I either want to open a small business or partner locally with a resident friend. If you don’t have this info, would you direct me to a government website giving this information ?? Thank you.

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