How to Find a Job in Mexico - Expats In Mexico (2023)

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Finding a job in your home country is tough enough, but what about landing a job in a new country? How to find a job in Mexico is a question we get often from our readers who live in Mexico as well as readers who are planning or considering a move to Mexico.

We went looking for an answer to this question and found great advice from Megan Fitzgerald, an expert on international careers.

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“Finding a job in Mexico or anywhere abroad is much more challenging than finding a job in your homeland,” Fitzgerald said. “I think a lot of people think getting a job abroad is like getting a job at home, but there is just so much more research that has to go into it in terms of understanding market needs, visa requirements, language skill demands and other factors.”

Fitzgerald said you should not assume that the way the world operates where you are is the same elsewhere. She said it is how you access opportunities, how you apply for a job, how you build relationships and network, how you interview and how you negotiate salary. All these things can be very impacted by the culture and location.

“Insensitivity to culture and not understanding how the target culture engages are barriers that a lot of people just do not think about enough,” Fitzgerald said. “It is sort of the ‘Achilles’ heel’ for a lot of people. You need to keep an open mind and be receptive to learning how things are done in the country.”

Business psychologist and international career planning expert Wendy Kendall of Expat Job Successagreed but recommended you should have a game plan for finding a job in Mexico.

“Your game plan should include developing a local network,” she said. “Building professional and personal networks in your new area is a key part of establishing yourself professionally. Start with developing expat relationships and then leverage them to expand your network to others in the local community. This is a key strategy for not only finding a job, but also building a business.”

Kendall said one of the advantages of living in a connected world is the telecommunications infrastructure in most countries that allows businesses to be much more portable. She recommended that expats consider developing Internet-based businesses that match well with their passions and interests.

“If you can develop what I would call a ‘minimally viable’ business based on your skills and what you love before you move, it makes the transition much easier.”

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Before we take a look at possible job options in Mexico, there are a few things you should know.

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First, working in Mexico requires a temporary visa or a permanent visa and a work permit from the Institute of Immigration (INM). You cannot legally work without one. Requirements for visas and the work permit can be found in our Immigration section and our blog “How to Get a Work Permit in Mexico.” Embassies and Consulates of Mexico can provide you with more information.

Second, Spanish language competency will increase your chances of finding a good job in Mexico, although in many types of jobs, it is not a requirement. For example, many multinationals and start-ups have adopted English as their global work language. But many local jobs still require a working knowledge of Spanish.

If you want a job in Mexico, here are some of the best work opportunities for expats:

TEFL/TESOL

One of the best opportunities for expats is teaching English as a foreign or second language (TEFL/TESOL). Learning English as a second language in Mexico was accelerated in 2009 when the Secretariat of Public Education launched the Programa Nacional de Inglés en Educación Básica (PNIEB) to increase the English proficiency of public school students by offering English classes from pre-primary to the end of secondary school. To reach Its goal, the Mexican government must recruit and train over 80,000 additional English teachers.

Our article “Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Mexico” provides an overview of the TEFL/TESOL opportunities in Mexico.

There are a number of resources for those interested in teaching English in Mexico:

International Teacher Training Organization (ITTO). Located in Guadalajara, ITTO offers a four-week course for TEFL/TESOL certification. The program guarantees a paid job upon graduation.

The TEFL Academy. The TEFL Academy offers a TEFL/TESOL certificate and specializes in helping recent graduates find jobs.

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The AHPLA Institute. The AHPLA Institute has job opportunities in Mexico City and Monterey and specializes in teaching English to business executives. A TEFL/TESOL certificate is required.

Teleworking

Many expats in Mexico have taken Wendy Kendall’s advice and are teleworking from their homes, either as remote employees for a company or as entrepreneurs with clients in Mexico and other countries.

Take expat Tom Lang, for example. Lang lives along the northern shore of Lake Chapala but works a few days each week teleworking for two U.S. companies as a health coach for employees who have weight problems, diabetes, heart disease or have difficulty managing stress.

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Rob Sharpe in the Puerto Vallarta area set-up his own online business teaching English. Sharpe decided to use his English degree and TEFL certification to teach English as a second language online. His work is contracted through italki.com, which is based in China.

Couple Rachel Steele and John Moroney both telework, which allow them to sample many places in Mexico as digital nomads. Steele operates Steele Craft Consulting, which provides business consulting to small craft breweries in the U.S and Canada. Moroney operates JoMoCo Editorial, a writing service for the automotive industry. His main client is based in London.

Corporate Employment

Mexico has the second largest economy in Latin America, just behind Brazil, and has many Mexican and international company opportunities for those who transfer from other countries or seek employment while in Mexico. Many of the corporate positions are located in Monterrey, Mexico City and other major manufacturing and financial centers.

Marco Favila, who is fluent in Spanish, works for Banamex, one of the country’s largest banks and a subsidiary of Citibank. He is a vice president in the bank’s anti-money-laundering department.

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“After five or six years of professional experience in New York, I started to really think about Mexico City,” he said. “Then in 2014 I was given the opportunity to lead a team of American attorneys to conduct an investigation in Mexico City. That lasted for about a year and a half.”

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He returned to Mexico City last year and after a two-week search landed his current job. Favila used the major online employment services, especially Indeed, to find his job. It took about two months to get his work permit through the company’s human resources department. His salary is about one-third of what he earned in New York City, but he said it is adequate to meet his lifestyle needs in Mexico City.

Local Jobs

Many expats find jobs in their local communities, often with companies owned and operated by other expats, especially retail and real estate businesses. Cities that depend heavily on tourism also are good sources of employment and often do not require Spanish language proficiency.

Kristin Bloomquist found her job in Los Cabos real estate before she moved full-time to Cabo.

“My husband and I visited Los Cabos for years before we finally decided to move there,” she said. “I had spent 35 years in the advertising business but had always loved real estate. My mom was an agent for years.”

When the couple purchased their home in Cabo San Lucas, their real estate agent referred Bloomquist to her current employer Engel & Völkers Snell Real Estate for a job as a real estate advisor.

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“They told me it would be good to get my Arizona real estate license before I moved to Mexico, which I did,” she said. “They also handled all of the work permit paperwork, which took about two months.”

Real estate is a popular employment option for many new expats because many of the businesses are run by expats, Spanish fluency is not mandatory and a real estate license is not required in Mexico.

If you choose real estate, remember that it takes time to develop business, so having a cash reserve to draw from is important.

Resources

(Video) FAQ: How to Get a Job in Mexico City

Job search strategies you can use in Mexico are similar to your home country. Industry associations are an excellent way to find out about opportunities in your field. Check job listings in local newspapers and online. Also, search both global and local online employment sites. Craigslist features job opportunities in 16 Mexican cities. Be sure to send unsolicited applications to targeted employers and contact temporary work or staffing agencies online or onsite. Most importantly, check out local online forums and bulletin boards.Local expats in Mexico can be a great source for opportunities.

Start your search online with these employment websites:

Craigslist

Occmundial

Bumeran

Buscojobs

Empleate

OpcionEmpleo

Indeed

CompuTrabajo

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Megan Fitzgerald offered this advice to job hunters: “First, do not forget that culture affects every part of the job search, so really do your homework in understanding the culture. Second, focus on your online presence and profile because you do not have the luxury of face-to-face communication. And third, build a robust online network because it is the only way to begin to get the level of penetration that you need to land a great job.”

FAQs

How do expats get jobs in Mexico? ›

Visas and work permit:

You'll need to have a valid job offer in Mexico, as your employer will first have to apply for a work permit for you. You'll then need to apply for a temporary residence visa at a Mexican embassy, which should be swapped for a temporary residence card once in the country.

Is it easy to find a job in Mexico? ›

Being one of the most-visited countries in the world, it's easy to find jobs abroad in Mexico in the tourism industry. Its globalized economy also puts English in high demand, so education jobs abound. If you've got skills in some other profession, don't fret—there are countless opportunities in other sectors, as well.

Where do Mexican expats work? ›

Job market in Mexico

English teachers at local private schools and learning centres, needing at least a TEFL certificate, also make up much of the expat workforce in Mexico. Alternatively, entrepreneurs may set up their own business or find freelance opportunities.

Where do most expatriates live in Mexico? ›

Lake Chapala: Mexico's Largest Expat Hotspot

Lake Chapala is Mexico's largest lake, and the surrounding area is also home to the largest concentration of U.S. expats in the world.

Is Mexico friendly to expats? ›

Mexico as an Expat Destination

Expats enjoy a relaxed pace of life and often find it an enjoyable and easy-going place to live. The people there are friendly and welcoming to foreigners, and the crime rate is quite low. Expats living in Mexico find that there is no shortage of things to do.

Where are the most jobs in Mexico? ›

The majority of jobs are in the capital, Mexico City, which is the base for most international companies and large Mexican companies, but you may also find work in Guadalajara, Puebla, Monterrey, Juárez or León.

How do I get hired in Mexico? ›

The best way to get a job in Mexico is the same as anywhere in the world — search online or on the street for places to work, and then pay them a visit to ask for a job interview. If you already have a profession, such as engineering or finance, search company websites for employees with foreign-sounding names.

What are the highest paying jobs in Mexico? ›

These are the 10 highest paying careers in 2022 and their entry salary level:
  • Medicine – 17,846 pesos.
  • Civil engineering – 15,831 pesos.
  • Mining and extraction – 15,776 pesos.
  • Political science – 15,620 pesos.
  • Architecture – 15,603 pesos.
  • Environmental sciences – 15,502 pesos.
7 May 2022

What are the most common jobs in Mexico? ›

12 Typical Mexican jobs (Part 1)
  • Mariachi. ...
  • Tortilla makers. ...
  • Shoe shiners. ...
  • Mounted policemen. ...
  • Taxi drivers. ...
  • Street food vendors. ...
  • Organ grinders. ...
  • Charros (Mexican cowboys)
1 May 2014

How much do English teachers make in Mexico? ›

On average, English teachers in Mexico can expect to make anywhere between $500 - $800 USD per month from working at a language school with the option to earn additional income through private tutoring ($7-15 USD per hour depending on your location) and teaching English online ($5-$20 USD per hour).

What is an average salary in Mexico? ›

According to the exchange rate in 2021, this amounts to USD 19,980 annually. Generally, the average salary ranges from 8,410 MXN (lowest salary) to 1,48,000 MXN (highest national average) per month.
...
D. Salary Data for Different Professions.
ProfessionAverage Salary (per month)
Solution Architect59,649 MXN
19 more rows
15 Jul 2021

What is the safest city in Mexico for expats? ›

1. Merida. Widely acknowledged as the safest city in Mexico (and even Latin America), your biggest safety concern in Mérida will probably be the busy traffic.

Can you live in Mexico on $1000 a month? ›

One can live in Mexico on $1,000 a month or even less quite easily. In fact, locals live on much tighter budgets. As a foreigner, you will see that pretty much everything costs less than in your home country. Rent, food, transportation and healthcare in Mexico are much cheaper than in the US, Canada or Western Europe.

How much is the average rent in Mexico? ›

Full Breakdown of The Cost of Living in Mexico
ExpenseU.S. $
Rent (furnished, two-bedroom home)$750
Electricity$30
Water$15
Gas$30
10 more rows

What is the cheapest and safest place to live in Mexico? ›

Widely considered to be one of the safest places to live in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta has become one of the most popular locations in North America for digital nomads and remote workers.

Why do expats move to Mexico? ›

There are many reasons for moving to Mexico: the people are welcoming, the cost of living is low, and buying real estate in Mexico is safe and easy. Mexico's climate is generally warm and can, in fact, get downright hot in the summer.

What is the minimum wage in Mexico? ›

Mexico's general minimum wage (Salario Minimo) was raised on January 1, 2022 to $172.87 pesos per work day, a 23% rise on the 2021 level of $141.70. The rate for 2022 along the 'Northern Border Zone' was raised to $260.34 pesos per work day, a rise of 23% on the 2021 rate of $213.39.

How do I get a work visa for Mexico? ›

Requirements for a Mexican Temporary Residence Work Visa
  1. Fill out the Application Form L1. ...
  2. Passport with minimum validity of 6 months.
  3. Signed letter of authorization from the Mexican Immigration Office with the NUT (Número Único de Trámite) number.
  4. Signed letter of job offer from company in Mexico.

How can I teach English in Mexico? ›

Applicants for university English teaching jobs in Mexico will often need to have a Master's degree in addition to an ESL teaching qualification, such as a TESOL or TEFL certificate. To teach in Mexico's international schools, educators will need a valid teaching license in their home state or country.

What is the safest state in Mexico? ›

1. Yucatán. Yucatán, for the second year in a row, has maintained the most peaceful state in Mexico.

What is the cheapest beach town to live in Mexico? ›

Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico to Retire
  • Holbox Island. The scenic spot of Holbox Island sits at the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. ...
  • Mahahual. The charming location of Mahahual is about four hour's drive from Cancun. ...
  • Chelem. ...
  • Mazatlan. ...
  • Puerto Peñasco. ...
  • Puerto Vallarta. ...
  • Cost of living.
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What is it like to live in Mexico as an expat? ›

Yes, Mexico is quite a good place to live for expats. It attracts a wealth of nationalities – Britons, North Americans, Spaniards and other Europeans. Expats appreciate the low cost of living, good climate, and varied lifestyle to suit those looking for something different from the norm.

How long can I live in Mexico without a visa? ›

As an American, you can stay in Mexico for six months (or 180 days) at a time with a "visitor's visa" — everyone over age 16 who travels to Mexico with a US passport automatically enjoys this option. You will be given this document before you arrive in the country (either via plane or at a border crossing).

How much money do you need for temporary residency in Mexico? ›

You may obtain a temporary resident visa in Mexico, if you prove that during the last year you had an overall bank balance of over US$27,000 or during the last 6 months you had a monthly income of over US$1,620.

How long does it take to get a work visa in Mexico? ›

Application of Mexican work permit

The employer submits the application for the employee, and this process usually takes 30 to 45 days. Both the employee and employer will have to submit documentation of the company registration and employee credentials.

What is a good expat salary in Mexico? ›

What is a good expat salary in Mexico? Expats with a few years of experience in a professional occupation can expect to earn a good wage in Mexico. Someone working in Mexico will earn an average gross salary of US$28,316 a year, US$2,360 monthly, or US$13.63 an hour.

How can I live and work in Mexico? ›

In addition to the Mexico work permit, people with a temporary resident visa can live and work in the country for up to four years with a Mexico work visa. Permanent resident visa: Foreigners looking to live and work in Mexico permanently need a permanent resident visa.

How much do Mexican hotel workers get paid? ›

*Keeping in mind the pesos fluctuates in value and wages do not really line up with inflation in Mexico nor do wages change quickly. Housekeeper 6,000-9,000pesos a month plus tips. Construction worker around 300-500 pesos a day. Hotel front desk 11,000 pesos a month plus any commissions if they sell things like tours.

How many hours do Mexicans work a day? ›

The typical work week in Mexico is six days, from Monday to Saturday. This amounts to a 48-hour work week, with a maximum of eight hours worked during the day, or any time between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Workers are also entitled to a day of rest for every six days of work.

What is a living wage in Mexico City? ›

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in MXN)
20162019
Living Wage - Single Adult3250-47803690-5380
Living Wage - Typical Family6100-84506640-9120
Real wage of low-skilled worker3290-48204210-5580
Real wage of medium-skilled worker4970-80106600-9810
2 more rows

How much does a nurse make in Mexico in dollars? ›

The average registered nurse gross salary in Mexico City, Mexico is $365,266 or an equivalent hourly rate of $176. This is 26% higher (+$75,980) than the average registered nurse salary in Mexico. In addition, they earn an average bonus of $5,990.

Can I teach in Mexico without a degree? ›

Getting a job teaching English in Mexico has never been easier, because Mexico is one of the countries that does not require a Bachelor's degree, but we do recommend that you have at least a TEFL certification to improve your chances at finding a job.

What visa do I need to teach English in Mexico? ›

If you intend to teach English in Mexico, you'll need to get an FM3 work visa. While the requirements for the Mexico work visa aren't as extensive as in some other countries, you'll still need a TEFL certification, an official letter offering employment, and $90 to cover the application fee.

Where can I teach in Mexico? ›

Mexico City and Guadalajara, both large metropolitan areas, are the most popular places to find English teaching jobs and are also where you are most likely to find good hours, pay and housing.

Is $5 a good tip in Mexico? ›

It's up to you how much you tip, but the recommended amount in Mexico is between 10% – 20% (15% is a good standard in tourist areas) of the bill or ticket price.

Is 100 dollars a lot in Mexico? ›

When it comes to the value of the US dollar in Mexico, travelers will still be happy to know that it goes quite a long way. During their visit, they can expect $100 to stretch in any direction - whether it be toward food, dining out, car rentals, excursions, or even car rentals.

How much does a house in Mexico cost in US dollars? ›

The cost of a house in Mexico varies widely depending on which part of the country you're looking to buy in. The average price runs from $100,000 to $1,000,000.

Can I move to Mexico and work? ›

As with most destinations, you cannot work while you are in the country as a tourist. If you are confident of your plans, you can pursue temporary residency or permanent residency, often in combination with a retirement visa. The visa application begins at the nearest Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country.

Can I work remotely for a US company from Mexico? ›

You can work remotely for a US company from Mexico. Remote workers can also avoid paying taxes in Mexico by working for a foreign company and having all their income sources come from abroad. Additionally, they must receive payments to either a US bank account or another foreign account.

How can a US citizen work in Mexico? ›

Prospective employers in Mexico submit an application for a temporary residency visa with permission to work to the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM). Once INM approves the application, U.S. citizens must request a consular interview at the Mexican Embassy or the nearest Mexican Consulate in the United States.

What are the most common jobs in Mexico? ›

12 Typical Mexican jobs (Part 1)
  • Mariachi. ...
  • Tortilla makers. ...
  • Shoe shiners. ...
  • Mounted policemen. ...
  • Taxi drivers. ...
  • Street food vendors. ...
  • Organ grinders. ...
  • Charros (Mexican cowboys)
1 May 2014

Can you live in Mexico on $1000 a month? ›

One can live in Mexico on $1,000 a month or even less quite easily. In fact, locals live on much tighter budgets. As a foreigner, you will see that pretty much everything costs less than in your home country. Rent, food, transportation and healthcare in Mexico are much cheaper than in the US, Canada or Western Europe.

How much is the average rent in Mexico? ›

Full Breakdown of The Cost of Living in Mexico
ExpenseU.S. $
Rent (furnished, two-bedroom home)$750
Electricity$30
Water$15
Gas$30
10 more rows

What is the safest city to live in Mexico? ›

1. Merida. Widely acknowledged as the safest city in Mexico (and even Latin America), your biggest safety concern in Mérida will probably be the busy traffic.

Do I have to pay taxes in Mexico if I work remotely? ›

Understand Your Remote Work Taxes

Individuals working in Mexico under an FMM do not have to report taxes, but those working with a Temporary Residency Visa are taxed for all Mexican-sourced income and should report it accordingly.

How long can you live in Mexico without a visa? ›

Mexico's visitor permit

If you're planning to be in Mexico for 180 days or less —and don't intend to participate in any remunerative activities— then you might not need to apply for a resident permit: the visitor's permit (FMM) can be valid for up to 180 days.

Can I work online and live in Mexico? ›

Mexico is always a favorite destination for digital nomads for its amazing weather, beautiful vistas, and affordable living costs. The nation also has favorable policies which allow citizens from other countries to visit and work remotely from almost anywhere they like inside of the country.

How much money do you need to get permanent residency in Mexico? ›

Permanent Residency: Monthly income of c.US$4,300-$4500 over the last 6 months (some consulates request 12 months); or savings balance of c.US$180,000 over the last 12 months. Income or savings can be demonstrated from multiple sources and accounts, and/or multiple income or savings types.

How long does it take to get a work visa for Mexico? ›

Application of Mexican work permit

The employer submits the application for the employee, and this process usually takes 30 to 45 days. Both the employee and employer will have to submit documentation of the company registration and employee credentials.

What is a good expat salary in Mexico? ›

What is a good expat salary in Mexico? Expats with a few years of experience in a professional occupation can expect to earn a good wage in Mexico. Someone working in Mexico will earn an average gross salary of US$28,316 a year, US$2,360 monthly, or US$13.63 an hour.

How many hours do Mexicans work a day? ›

The typical work week in Mexico is six days, from Monday to Saturday. This amounts to a 48-hour work week, with a maximum of eight hours worked during the day, or any time between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Workers are also entitled to a day of rest for every six days of work.

What's the hourly wage in Mexico? ›

Mexico's general minimum wage (Salario Minimo) was raised on January 1, 2022 to $172.87 pesos per work day, a 23% rise on the 2021 level of $141.70. The rate for 2022 along the 'Northern Border Zone' was raised to $260.34 pesos per work day, a rise of 23% on the 2021 rate of $213.39.

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