Working, Teaching, Saving in Mexico


A tennis pro I just spoke with, at a quite posh resort in Mexico, was paid $10/day, plus lunch (3 tostados). Of course, I’m sure he receives tips. He is building his home, and hopes to have it done in about eight years.


“At my first university teaching job, I earned almost 15,000 pesos a month ($1,300 USD) with benefits and perks like an office and a computer. At my next job, also at a university, I earned slightly more that 4,000 pesos a month ($350) for teaching more hours to bigger classes. Benefits and perks were few, and I had to buy many of my own materials.”

“We’ve met many … with the hope and dream of getting a teaching job and making a bundle. The word “shock” is putting it mildly when they find out what their salaries will be in some of these private schools. A good pay scale would be less than $3.00 an hour. I know of some schools that pay even less than that amount.” (Barbie’s note: actually, $3.00 an hour is pretty high for some places, from the info I’ve gathered!)

“Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey are the cities where you’ll find employers paying the best wage to Americans teaching English.” (Barbie’s note: also more expensive to live in those places.)

So, do check very diligently if you or your children want to pursue work while you are south of the border.

mexico, retireSAVING IN MEXICO

Remember, you don’t have to live in Mexico to take advantage of the incredible prices for prescriptions, dental work, and medical care, etc. And it’s certainly not mandatory that you are a retiree in order to appreciate all the money that it’s possible to save, just by heading to Mexico. Our sons head to Mexico for their dental and optical and prescription needs.

If your only experience in Latin America has been visiting Tijuana for a day, you are in for one big surprise when you visit a real town – someplace other than a border town. The professionals who practice their professions in Mexico after studying abroad, hoping to make their country better, is one reason the health care system is so friendly. Latinos are by nature a warm, caring people ergo, they are generally, good and compassionate doctors and nurses.  Read articles I’ve published on medical care by clicking what you are interested in on the right, and enjoy!

Addition Feb 3, 2013 – the amount you need to move to Mexico has changed – see –

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7 Responses to Working, Teaching, Saving in Mexico

  1. Dave Wood

    January 9, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Hi Barbie,
    I really enjoy your blogs, and have read your book on retiring in luxury in Mexico. You often talk about the cost of medical care and dental work, how about hearing aids and evaluation?
    Thanks for all your information,

  2. Rob Dengel

    January 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Very nicely written article about the financial realities of living and working in Mexico. It’s better to be prepared for the reaities of living in Mexico than to have pie in the sky expectations. I enjoy your informative articles very much. Keep up the good work Barbie.

  3. Ruth

    January 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Hi Barbie,
    I downloaded your Money Saving Mexico to my Kindle. The info is great but it has some serious technological defects. For example, the text will be in the middle of a sentence and all of a sudden there will be a list of products with prices, then about a paragraph later it “might” pick up the rest of the sentence or it might just change topics. Thought you would want to know so it can be fixed. Also your two web sites are repeated over and over and over throughout the book. The first place I noticed a problem was at percentage 15 on my Kindle (if you have one you can check it out).

    I bought both of your books in 2006 and downloaded them to my computer and printed them off. I still have them. Thought I would try your new Kindle one to see what was new. The computer versions were great but as I said the Kindle version has some serious quirks.

  4. Barbie


    January 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hi.. I have worked on the book this weekend. Uploaded is about 5 hours ago. It will be unavailable probably until Monday sometime. I don’t know what happens, but it also happened to RIL. One day, the files are fine, the next day looks as though a kindergardener got into it – checked with Kindle the first time it happened – “Oh, we don’t have any idea what could have happened” … Oh well. Please wait until about Thursday, Jan 17, 2012, if it’s convenient for you. By then, I’ll be able to check it again, and upload it, and have the 24 hours pass after the last upload. Thanks for the heads-up on it.

  5. Barbie


    January 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I did check on heading aids – just about a year ago. They didn’t seem to be that much cheaper than they are in the States…If I remember, one was about $3000 – now, that was for the nice digital. I will put that on my list of “check this” for the next time we head to a border town! Thanks for reminding me!!

  6. Shawn Sonies

    January 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Barbie, I was wondering if you have information on the dentists in Los Algodones and which ones come highly recommended.

  7. Barbie


    January 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Shawn – l have written so much on that subject – look to the right and select anything that says health or dentist or dental. You can also use the search box at the top – there are oodles of articles here. Barbie

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