How much do workers in the manufacturing industry earn per month?

According to reports from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), in 2023, there were 7.85 million paid workers registered in the country’s manufacturing sector. Some important metrics derive from this figure.

First, manufacturing employment represented 19.3% of total national employment during 2023, showing a gradual increase from 16.5% in 2005 (gaining almost three points). As a reference: the GDP of the manufacturing sector represents 20.1% of the national GDP, up from 18.1% in 2005 (a gain of two points). There is a certain balance between employment and the GDP of the manufacturing sector.

Second, the entity with the highest concentration of manufacturing employment is the State of Mexico, with 1.08 million positions, equivalent to 13.8% of the total, although it has lost weight (16.3% in 2005). The State of Mexico is responsible for 9.5% of the national manufacturing GDP, a figure that was 13.1% in 2005.

Third, during 2019-2023, the first five years of this administration, the country’s manufacturing employment grew by an average of 4.3% annually, higher than the previous two six-year periods: -1.7% annually during 2007-2012 and +3.9% annually for 2013-2018. The best growth rates in 2019-2023 were for Chihuahua and Baja California, with 6.3% annually in each case.

Manufacturing Remunerations

During 2023, the average remuneration per worker employed in the manufacturing sector was 219,795 pesos per year. This would equate to an average of just over 18,000 pesos per month per worker. This figure is slightly above the national average of 17,000 pesos per month. As a reference, in the primary sector, the average monthly remuneration is almost 8,000 pesos, in the secondary sector almost 17,000 pesos, and in the tertiary sector 19,000 pesos.

As with any sectoral or regional analysis, wage differences are usually notable. On one hand, at the top is Campeche, with an average of almost 25,000 pesos per month, followed by San Luis Potosí, Chihuahua, and Baja California. On the other hand, at the bottom, the lowest remuneration is in Chiapas, with almost 13,000 pesos per month.

The mass of remunerations in manufacturing today represents 20.3% of the national total, up from 17.3% in 2005. This figure is consistent with its weight in employment and the sector’s GDP. In other words, there is a certain balance.

During 2019-2023, Campeche and Nayarit were the entities with the highest increases in their average manufacturing remunerations, with 12.7% and 10.7% average annual growth. On the other end are Querétaro and Hidalgo, with 5.7% and 5.9% average annual growth, respectively.

Resumen en Español: 

En 2023, los trabajadores en la industria manufacturera ganaron un promedio de más de 18,000 pesos mensuales, superando ligeramente el promedio nacional de 17,000 pesos. El empleo manufacturero representó el 19.3% del empleo total en México, mientras que el PIB del sector fue el 20.1% del PIB nacional. El Estado de México concentró la mayor cantidad de empleos en manufactura, aunque ha disminuido su participación desde 2005. Campeche tuvo las remuneraciones más altas, con casi 25,000 pesos mensuales, y Chiapas las más bajas, con casi 13,000 pesos mensuales. Durante 2019-2023, las remuneraciones en manufactura aumentaron significativamente en Campeche y Nayarit, con incrementos anuales del 12.7% y 10.7% respectivamente.