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The minimum wage commission of Mexico agreed Tuesday, December 18th, to hike the current minimum salaries by 3.9% nationwide. While the raise may seem like an improvement, it is less than the 4.2% increase last year and less than the current 4.2% inflation rate.

Mexico has numerous variations on its minimum wages depending on location and profession. All of Baja California and Baja California Sur fall into the highest paid Zone-A. Non-professional workers will earn slightly less than 65 pesos a day in 2013, which is equivalent to about $5.10 in the United States.

Mexico’s minimum wage has lagged behind market levels for years. However, a large portion of the country is paid above the minimum wage and many others work outside of the formal business force, where they potentially earn more.

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Visduh Dec. 18, 2012 @ 7:02 p.m.

So, why is there a minimum wage if it is so small? Who can really live on such a paltry sum?


Javajoe25 Dec. 18, 2012 @ 9:01 p.m.

No one, if you ask me. It seems even more absurd in the north, close to the border.

This is why no one can live on just the income from their job, and why so many are tempted into the drug trade and other illicit, but profitable activities. What do you think the cops make? $25/day? No wonder there is so much graft. I'd love to hear from someone who is living there and learn how much they pay for utilities, rent, and groceries on the local market. I can't imagine how they could do it on $30 a week.


cvvmax Feb. 4, 2013 @ 5:59 a.m.

Javajoe25, You're right in one way, that many are tempted or are actually led into illicit activities because of the low wages that do not afford a person, the ability to survive at any level of comfort.

Having said that, most Mexican people and their families are extremely "thrifty", if that is the correct word...but nevertheless, they have found many ways to overcome these obstacles in their lives.

Sure, they, like most people in the world, always dream of better times and higher levels of life, which many acquire...and many unfortunately, do not...

Food for instance, like in Tijuana, right across the border from me in San Diego is relatively cheap and available in abundance but many people can not afford what we here in the USA call, "three squares" and have to resort to having less and in many cases, survive on one meal a day...then after that meal, they basically have very little if anything left over for anything else...

Having said that, one thing we should never do, IMHO, is to compare countries using monetary comparisons alone...it should be based on the quality of life (Food, Shelter, Clothing, Education, Health, etc.) based on how far that country's citizens wages will stretch for them...

Lets face it...if I could magically receive for instance, the average monthly wages for Southern California and live/work in Mexico and be able to be accepted as a local resident and pay the "local" prices, rather than be grouched because I am a visitor...I could live like a "King"...in an actual "Palace"...and many foreigners do exactly that and are living the "good life" down there...

That holds true for many poorer countries in the world...

Just my two cents...


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