Mexico's National Minimum Wage Commission (CONASAMI) on Dec. 17, 2018, announced its decision to increase the minimum wage for 2019, the creation of a Salary Economic Area for the municipalities located 25 kilometers (approximately 15.5 miles) from the northern border and surrounding areas, and established a Border Minimum Wage.

Per the announcement, the daily minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1, 2019, from 88.36 Mexican pesos (approximately US $4.39) to 102.68 Mexican pesos (US $5.10). At the same time, the Border Minimum Wage will raise to 176.72 Mexican pesos (US $8.79).

The CONASAMI explained that this figure was squared from the current General Minimum Wage of 88.36 Mexican pesos per day, in addition to a nominal increase in Mexican pesos through the Independent Recovery Amount (MIR) of 79.94 Mexican pesos per day (US $3.97), and the consideration of an inflationary percentage adjustment of 5 percent.

The following municipalities will have to pay the Border Minimum Wage as of Jan. 1, 2019:

Baja California

  • Ensenada
  • Playas de Rosarito
  • Tijuana
  • Tecate
  • Mexicali

Sonora

  • San Luis Río Colorado
  • Puerto Peñasco
  • General Plutarco Elías Calles
  • Caborca
  • Altar
  • Sáric
  • Nogales
  • Santa Cruz
  • Cananea
  • Naco
  • Agua Prieta

Chihuahua

  • Janos
  • Ascensión
  • Juárez
  • Práxedis G. Guerrero
  • Guadalupe
  • Coyame del Sotol
  • Ojinaga
  • Manuel Benavides

Coahuila de Zaragoza

  • Ocampo
  • Acuña
  • Zaragoza
  • Jiménez
  • Piedras Negras
  • Nava
  • Guerrero
  • Hidalgo

Nuevo León

  • Anáhuac

Tamaulipas

  • Nuevo Laredo
  • Guerrero
  • Mier
  • Miguel Alemán
  • Camargo
  • Gustavo Díaz Ordaz
  • Reynosa
  • Río Bravo
  • Valle Hermoso
  • Matamoros