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El Salvador’s extensive education and training opportunities have helped develop quality workers, technicians and professionals in all of the different employment sectors. Salvadoran labor labour is abundant and highly trainable. The work ethic among Salvadoran workforce is often a determining factor in new investors' investor’s decisions to establish operations in El Salvador.


The economically active population (EAP), for the year 2010 2016 was recorded estimated at 2,580,284 788 million people, of which 63% were located in urban areas and 37% were located in rural areas. Out of the total EAP, 58.7% are men and 41.3 % are women. This reflects the lower activity level of females in the labor market; yet in recent years a substantial increase in their participation has been observed.

The labor labour force is estimated at 2.7 million (2011)2016)[1] with 60% less than 39 years old, with a distribution by type of employment divided among agriculture (19%21%), industry (23%20%) and services (58%).[2]  The unemployment rate rose by 0.3% from 2008 to 2009, and is as high as 7% (CIA website, 2011).in 2016 is estimated at 5.5%.


As agreed by The Minimum Wage National Council of El Salvador, effective from


2017, the new approved Minimum Wages are the following (and are calculated over 30 calendar days according to each economic sector):

  • Business and Services: US $224$300.1000
  • Industry: US $219$300.3000
  • Textile industry and manufacturing: US $187$300.5000
  • Agriculture: US $105$200.00
  • Coffee Harvesters: US $114$224.6010
  • Sugar Harvesters: US $97$224.2010
  • Cotton Harvesters: US $87$200.6010
  • Coffee Brokerages: US $152$200.10
  • Cotton Brokerages and Sugar Refineries: US $110.40


Average costs are indicated below:

  • US $3.20 - US $4.48 50 - US$ /MT
  • US $2.50 - $3.75 /hour/person (depending on working hour, night shifts, holidays and weekends)