friends2Opportunities to Volunteer & Donate



In this, the Volunteer Opportunities Section of TCS I have listed some of the many opportunities available to give back to the Cozumel Community. There are some very active groups like the Rotary Club and Cozumel Red Cross that are supported by the Cozumel Elite that I have not listed. Likewise, there is an Orphanage in Cozumel that is completely funded and is in no need of assistance. If you are aware of a charity that you wish me to include, please provide the information and I will be glad to include it in the Volunteer Opportunities section of TCS.

No matter how small your monthly pension is, it is a fortune to the average Mexican family. There is no minimum hourly wage, there is a daily minimum of wage of $73.04 Mexican Pesos for a full day of work. At an exchange rate of 15.00, this comes to $4.86 U.S. per day. This month (September 2016) the exchange rate hit 20 pesos to 1 US Dollar; a day of work paid the equivalence of $3.65 U.S. dollars.!  While in Cozumel go to any grocery store and figure out how to make a meal out of $73.04 pesos. Remember, since Cozumel is an island, everything is imported making it more expensive than in the mainland. The cost of gas, trucking and ferry are factored in and passed on to the consumer. The average prices shown below are lower than in Cozumel.

If you are a “legal” employee, your employer is paying into social security for you and you are enrolled in either the social security (IMSS) or another federally operated health plan. (That is another story!) Your work day is 8 hours if by day 7.5 hours if a night shift. If you are lucky enough to hold one of these contracted jobs, chances are you are working a second job to help make ends meet.

In Cozumel, the hiring stops at 35 years of age, there is no law against age discrimination. I am certain this is tied to the fact that the insurance required by law is based on age, the older you are, the higher the premium. This is why you see seniors at the grocery stores working for TIPS ONLY. Parking attendants and people offering to help carry the groceries are also there working for TIPS ONLY. You will see children in their school uniforms also working for tips.

There is an army of workers that are not contracted by anyone. Desperate to find employment, they work for less than the minimum wage, for longer hours, and some for tips only. These people have no health coverage or social security when they get older. These people are also the entrepreneurs you see selling anything they can think of to make a living.

giving-back2The Mexican people are some of the hardest working people that I know. I have provided the figures on wages and the cost of living in the Volunteer Opportunities   section so that you can do the math. There is no excuse for anyone living in Cozumel not giving back to the people that have welcomed us into their home. It does not have to be monetary, you can donate things you no longer need or use, volunteer your time, or volunteer your talents. Get out there and give!

General Workers Minimum Wages in Mexico January 2016

Job Type Minimum Wage per Day
General Workers

Professional Workers Minimum Wages January 2016

Job Type Minimum Wage per Day
Masonry officer
Salesclerk in pharmacy and drugstores
Bulldozer and/or digger operator
Cashier of cash register
Carpenter – manufacture and repair of furniture, official
Chef, major in restaurants, taverns and other establishments preparing and selling food
Officer in making and repairing mattresses
Placement of mosaics and tiles worker
Plasterer in construction of buildings and houses
Cutter in workshops and factories manufacturing shoes, official
Sewing in garment factories or workshops
Sewing in making clothes at home
Chauffeur car parking attendant, valet parking
Truck driver in general
Cargo van driver
Operator of vehicles with crane
Dredge operator
Cabinetmaker in making and repairing furniture, official
Electrician, installer and repairer of electrical installations
Electrician for repair of cars and trucks
Electrician in the repair of electrical motors and / or generators in service workshops, official
Employee working in gondola, shelf or section in supermarkets
Warehouse manager
Salesclerk in hardware and ironmongery stores
Stoker for boilers
Gas station officer
Blacksmithing officer
Tinsmith in repairing cars and trucks
Mechanic for Lubricating cars, trucks and other motor vehicles
Poultry farm manager
Agricultural machinery operator
Official operator of woodworking machines in general
Mechanic for automobiles and trucks
Cutter in workshops and factories manufacturing shoes, official
Hair stylist and manicurist
Car and truck painter
Painter – houses, buildings and constructions in general
Ironing in dry cleaning, laundry and similar establishments
Plumber in health facilities, official
Radio technician repairing electrical and electronic, official
Maid in hotels, motels and other lodging establishments
Salesclerk in stores of auto and truck parts
Repair of electrical household appliances, official
Graphic journalist in printed newspapers
Baker or pastry maker
Tailoring – home based
Auxiliary secretary
Welder with torch or electric arc
Butcher or butcher salesclerk
Auto upholsterer or car clothes officer
Upholstery furniture repair shop, officer
Social work, technical
Vaquero machine milker
Salesclerk of household appliances
Cobbler in shoe repair shops, official


Notes / Footnote

  1. According to the Federal Labour Law Article 83, the salary may be fixed per unit time, per unit of work, commission, lump sum or otherwise. However, legal minimum wages in Mexico are declared on daily basis.(refer to Media Bulletin Dt. 18 Dec 2010)
  2. Article 61 defines the maximum duration of the day is: eight hours the day, seven the night and seven thirty when mixed. Also as per article 85 of the Labour Law, salary paid to a worker (not less than minimum wage) should be based on a normal work day of 8 hrs or 7.5 night hrs.
  3. This page is maintained by and WageIndicator Foundation.



Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 80.00 MXN 60.00120.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 400.00 MXN 250.00500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 80.00 MXN 60.00100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 20.00 MXN 15.0030.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 40.00 MXN 25.0060.00
Cappuccino (regular) 33.64 MXN 25.0045.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 11.41 MXN 10.0015.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 9.16 MXN 7.0012.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 15.09 MXN 13.0017.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 23.98 MXN 18.0030.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 16.13 MXN 12.0020.00
Eggs (12) 25.56 MXN 20.0031.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 88.54 MXN 60.00120.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 78.86 MXN 60.00100.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 120.71 MXN 88.90150.00
Apples (1kg) 31.63 MXN 22.0040.00
Banana (1kg) 14.85 MXN 10.0020.00
Oranges (1kg) 13.42 MXN 8.1120.00
Tomato (1kg) 17.42 MXN 12.0025.00
Potato (1kg) 17.28 MXN 12.0023.00
Onion (1kg) 16.35 MXN 12.0022.90
Lettuce (1 head) 11.61 MXN 8.0016.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 13.29 MXN 10.0015.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 120.00 MXN 99.00180.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 17.64 MXN 14.0025.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 30.67 MXN 20.0045.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 48.00 MXN 45.0050.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7.00 MXN 6.0010.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 MXN 200.00450.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 25.00 MXN 10.0040.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 8.00 MXN 5.0015.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 119.00 MXN 85.80200.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 13.83 MXN 13.1614.70
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 250,000.00 MXN 185,000.00277,300.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 256,175.00 MXN 233,300.00300,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 716.08 MXN 400.001,200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.53 MXN 1.003.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 405.94 MXN 300.00530.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 637.18 MXN 400.001,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 222.45 MXN 100.00400.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 68.00 MXN 50.0080.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 720.17 MXN 500.00900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 617.81 MXN 400.00900.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,175.13 MXN 900.001,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,045.80 MXN 750.001,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,722.15 MXN 3,000.008,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,113.98 MXN 1,800.005,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 10,247.37 MXN 5,500.0018,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,794.22 MXN 4,000.0012,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 16,413.79 MXN 10,000.0030,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 11,854.89 MXN 7,000.0020,000.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 10,042.48 MXN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.11 9.0014.00

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