The government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced an increase in the minimum wage for the sixth consecutive time, which will be 249 pesos per day starting January 1, 2024.
However, there are people who have a job and have the right to earn “a little more”.
These are the professional minimum salaries, which will also be increased in 2024. They set the minimum salary that electricians, bricklayers, cashiers, drivers, reporters, hairdressers, etc. must receive.
Some of the people scheduled to earn in 2024 are reporters and photographers, who should earn at least 16,722 pesos per month.
Next on the list are social workers who must receive at least 9,619 pesos.
Leveling and excavating machine operators also receive a minimum salary of 9,100 pesos.
Other professions with higher minimum salaries of 8,500 pesos include:
- Agricultural machinery operators
- Mechanic in car and truck repair
- Truck driver
- Radio technician
- Deputy Secretary
What does the law say about increasing the minimum wage?
The payment of the minimum wage is “enshrined” in the Federal Labor Law, which defines it as “the lowest amount that the employee must receive in cash for the services provided during a working day.”
According to Article 90 of the law, the minimum wage must be sufficient to cover needs such as the education of daughters and sons.
In 2021, the Trade Union Congress approved a reform of this article to specify that increases in the minimum wage must always be higher than inflation:
“The annual setting of minimum wages or their revision will never be below the inflation observed during the period of validity,” it says.