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Labor Laws in El Salvador

  • Annual Leave: 15 days
  • Maternity Leave: 16 weeks
  • Public Holidays: 11
  • Workweek: 44 hours per week.

Income Tax in El Salvador

Individual income taxes are progressive, ranging from 0% to 30% based on the worker’s earnings.

Value Added Tax (VAT) in
El Salvador

The standard VAT is 13%.

Social Security in El Salvador

Social security contributions are levied monthly on salaries at a rate of 7.5% for employers and 3% for resident and nonresident employees, with a monthly salary ceiling of USD 1,000.

Death and pension funds are covered by private institutions, which are funded through monthly contributions levied on salaries at a monthly rate of 8.75% for employers and 7.25% for employees, with a monthly salary ceiling of USD 6,500.

Work Visas El Salvador

Here is a summary of the work visas available to foreigners to work in El Salvador:

  • The government of El Salvador grants work authorization to foreign employees, under the option of temporary residents.
  • This is subject to certain rules that have to be checked on a case-by-case basis because these rules vary among employees and by country of citizenship.
  • The application may be filed before arrival in El Salvador. Work permits are valid for one year and are renewable for similar periods.

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