The government of El Salvador will be increasing the minimum wage in the country effective September 1. The minimum monthly wage varies by sector of the economy:
|Retail and services||$158.40||$174.24|
The minimum wage for each sector increased ten percent except in the maquila textile factories where there is only a 4% increase. The government asserts that the maquila industry is in too fragile a condition to support a larger increase. The large number of workers in the informal sectors of the economy do not have the protection of minimum wage laws.