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Competitive Costs



El Salvador is one of the most attractive countries within the region to set up and operate a business. Over the past years, The Financial Times journal fDi Intelligence ranked El Salvador among the best cost-effective country in the region.



Labor Costs


El Salvador’s Labor Code regulates employer-worker relations. Salvadoran legislation states that wages are determined freely, but cannot be lower than the minimum wage established by the National Wage Council, revised at least every three years.





Trade and Service

Textile and Apparel Maquila






















Free Trade Zones and Logistics Parks


El Salvador offers investors industrial land in free zones and service parks where companies can benefit from generous tax incentives and can access quality services to operate and export their products and services to foreign markets. 




El Salvador is one of the countries with the most competitive electricity rates in the region for industrial and commercial users.

The different rates for El Salvador, are:




The telecommunications market is characterized by having multiple suppliers offering a variety of voice and data services and value-added solutions that meet customer needs.

Corporate customers may request different bandwidths and get reduced preferential rates, depending on the contracted plan.


Dedicated Internet, with HDSL technology Rate


Monthly fee of a dedicated internet link,

bandwidth from 2 Mbps to 10 Mbps,

$299 - $1,100


Installation costs 

$150 - $300


Fixed Telephones



Fixed rate for a commercial operation (monthly)



Local rate per minute 



Nacional rate per minute 



Rate per minute to a mobile phone

 $0.11 - $0.21


Rate per minute for calls to the United States 

$0.05 - $0.418


Mobile Phones*



Minute rate on same network, landline

$0.05 - $0.17


Minute rate on another network, landline

$0.065 - $0.17


Minute rate on same network, mobile phone

$0.05  - $0.09


Minute rate on another network, mobile phone

$0.05 - $0.17



* Rates for postpaid plans

Source: SIGET and operators (2011)



According to the World Economic Forum, El Salvador ranks as the country with the lowest tax rate in the region (ranked number 56 globally).


Actualizado 11/12/2019