How Much Do I Pay My Maid?

We hear this question a lot from newbies. It’s a fact that living in Puerto Vallarta is appealing for many reasons and one is that you can hire someone to do things you would normally do yourself back in The North. Not just maids (and yes, it’s okay to call them that) but gardeners and painters and all sorts of wonderful local people! You’re contributing to the economy in Puerto Vallarta two ways: hiring someone to do your job at home and spending money at the beach or other pleasure domes in your milieu.

We often find people facing a dilemma when it’s time to reach into their pocket to pay for domestic help. That grinchy feeling of not offering enough collides with the oh-my-god-I-don’t-want-to-seem-rich-because-I’m-in-fact-not. There are actually laws that do apply to hiring people who work in your home.

We recommend choosing a day of the week (or two) however many you need and agree with your new employee that these will be consistent. Legally they must be paid three times the normal wage for a holiday, so prearrange those. If you’re hiring fulltime, then you must give them one day off per week, usually Sunday, and you’ll be expected to give them one week per year paid vacation.

An Aguinaldo, sometimes mistakenly referred to as a Christmas bonus, is due at the end of the year to each employee, which is equal to two weeks of salary and is to be paid by the 15th of December. This allows time for your employee to do their own Christmas shopping, if they are so inclined but it’s good to note that not all Mexicans celebrate Christmas in Puerto Vallarta.

The suggested daily rate, according to Mexican law is $70.10/day (pesos). However, our survey tells us the consistent pay in Puerto Vallarta is $300- 350/day. You will be providing meals, water or other non-alcoholic beverages, and assist with transportation costs. Birthdays are always granted the day off.

In the case of severance, regardless of the grounds, if your employee has been with you for more than 28 days, they must receive an automatic 90 days of salary as a Finiquito.

This is all very basic but if you hire several people in your home, for example maids, cooks, mozos, gardeners, etc, you will most likely want to consult with an accountant and hire them to take care of all your wage and salary requirements. They can also explain health insurance and social security, which complicates matter but is the way to go if you’re planning on having a household staff.

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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!  (opinions expressed are his own)


Here are a few of our guiding principals at Boardwalk Realty:

“First of all, we really want to get to know you,”   When we know you, we can tailor home tours to your tastes.”

Secondly, there’s the legal side of owning in Mexico. “Besides our own experience, we can save you a lot of time and money by offering you complimentary consultations with our partner attorneys.  The nuances of how you buy here can save you a lot of money when you sell. It’s important to know what you’re doing on the purchase so that when you sell you can best use any tax advantages. This service is free to our clients and can be invaluable.”

Both partners agree that the most important element of Boardwalk Realty is our ongoing service and commitment to our clients after the sale.  We are both passionate about protecting the investment and security of our clients.  “Our clients become our friends, we see them socially, and we treat them as we would like to be treated ourselves”, adds Mike.

Boardwalk Realty Puerto Vallarta represents buyers and sellers of real estate in the entire Bay of Banderas area, and will soon add a rental and property management division.