Survey: US Based Mexican Average Salary Between 47k to 67k Annually

From May 2nd to May 5th of 2020, I gathered data with an online survey administered with the help of Mexican based Data Analysts who helped me recruit participants and review the data. My goal was to understand how COVID-19 affected my community’s economic status and employment prospects.

The descriptions here apply to 77 confirmed Mexicans, with 48 Mexican individuals verified through known connections and ‘friends-of-friends’ in social media. The overall sample was larger than 160 individuals surveyed online. All were Spanish speaking, thus, classified as ‘Latino’ at a minimum if they did not opt into the ‘Mexican’ category.

Survey Goals

We wanted to know the average salary of Mexicans based in the United States; we wanted to know how Mexicans fared during the peak periods of uncertainty in the pandemic. We consider the peak period of uncertainty to be early March 2020 to June 2020 during the pandemic when no vaccine was available and the most stringent lockdowns took place.

Ultimately, we suspect that the salary prospects of Mexicans during the COVID-19 lockdown were mitigated by their participation in the construction and education sectors of the economy.

Initial Motivations

We wanted to maximize privacy, but understand the moment faced by the Mexican community. During this time period, remittances to Mexico broke records. Unfortunately, many erroneously attributed Mexican resilience to a meager and occasional stimulus check. Those Mexicans with deeper ties to Mexico tended to not have access to the stimulus check; their legal status as economic migrants would not support the idea.

There was also an additional need to hone in on Mexicans specifically, as most research tends to homogenize distinct communities under ‘Latino’. In this research, the outcomes for the entire population of Spanish speaking individuals with ties outside of the US are worse than what is presented in this report.

Ultimately, the data found within this survey is in harmony with the fact that Mexicans somehow found more work or income to send as remittances to Mexico during the multiple lockdowns.

Survey Administered In Spanish

To confirm we were indeed surveying self-identified Mexican individuals, we administered the survey in Spanish; we also exclusively distributed this survey within closed networks of the Mexican community. However, we also went through a paid-tier of Survey Monkey to examine whether those results remained consistent or affected the overall trajectory of the average salary range for Mexicans in the US. The act of including Survey Monkey participants raised the minimum average salary range too.

Due to mandatory social distancing, the usage of online survey methods was the only acceptable way to take a survey data-based snapshot of our community.

Survey Results

The survey results indicated that about half of Mexicans were not impacted in their employment or hours worked during the Coronavirus due to their links to education, clerical, health and construction sectors.

The four main sectors: Health, Education, Clerical and Construction – mostly WFH or essential sectors.

From the ‘most-trusted’ group of 48 survey participants who were verified through social media and prior in-person interactions, we determined that the average salary range was from US 47,347 dollars to 67,243 dollars for Mexicans. Including, the Survey Monkey group raises the lower range to 48,000 and upper range stays flat.

Students, Restaurant Workers

If we remove individuals who are underemployed due to their status as students, restaurant workers (many of whom received some moderate amount of unemployment or switched sectors), then the minimum average salary is raised to over 56 thousand dollars.

Thus, we could surmise that the average Mexican is making over 56 thousand dollars if active and fully employed in the labor market.

To be more exact, here is the average salary range for the fully employed Mexicans surveyed:

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Fully Employed averages.

48 percent of the Mexicans surveyed make over 50000 USD annually:

Survey participants were asked which salary range their annual income fell under. Nearly half of Mexicans surveyed selected more than 50,000 annually.

When averaged out, the bottom range for an Average Mexican salary – for the participants surveyed in both SM and via closed networks – is 48571 US dollars annually to 67243 dollars annually:

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Lower and Upper Bound for average salary range for Mexican individuals in United States.
Bottom 9 percent were students, restaurant employees impacted by Covid-19 Lockdowns

If we included Survey Monkey based participants, we see a bump in Mexican minimum salaries jump to 51000 dollars annually.

Lockdown Impacts

The Coronavirus impacted about half of the Mexicans – mostly women – surveyed when it came to the number of hours worked. Those who were impacted tended to have major losses in hours worked. The rest lost between 1 to less than 20 hours of work.

Women made up 72 to 63 percent of Mexican respondents who were impacted adversely by Covid-19

Our numbers vary due to the exclusion or inclusion of Survey Monkey based respondents. If we went outside of our vetted participants, we received noisy data from individuals who can not be confirmed as Mexican or whom may not be operating in good faith. Nonetheless, income averages creeped higher and unemployment rates lowered when including these unvetted Mexicans.

Southern California: Chicanos Express Outrage Over Attacks On Asian Elderly

Throughout the day, Chicano communities have expressed outrage over violence against Asians stemming from false narratives around the pandemic. In Southern California, Chicano sentiment expresses solidarity with Asian community. This could be observed through social media postings from influential people within the community, like El Indio Botanas & Cervezas.

Due to the vast amounts of disinformation, Asian communities in Northern and Southern California have been targets of racist attacks. The same kind of despicable behavior has been observed in the east coast.

Different Asian communities in the Pandemic reality find themselves subject to attacks.

Coverage has been sufficient to continue raising the issue at the national level. Readers can find more information about hate crimes against Asians in the United States in this link.

Assault On Elderly Strikes Nerve

Much of the online outrage centered on the targeted attacks on the Asian Elderly in Oakland, California. While all acts of racism are despicable, the Chicano community is often most disturbed by acts against the elderly.

While initially the attacks were thought to be centered in Oakland’s Chinatown, the trend has spread to Japantown of San Jose where just today there was vandalism on J-Town monuments. Thankfully, Raul Peralez, city councilmember representing District 3 (San Jose), has vocalized support for the Asian community, making it more likely that other regional politicians will step up support too.

Los Angeles Pre-Covid In Pictures

Chicanos and Asian community intermingle at the food court in Downtown Los Angeles, California

Pre-Covid the city of Los Angeles was such a pleasant place to wander about. In the radius of a few blocks, you can go from a used, but superb bookstore, then into a food court with delicious food from all over Asia, Mexico and Central America.

Another favorite: Plaza Olvera In The Morning

En Route to one of my workplace sites, we can always observe the LA Area’s beautiful Plaza Olvera. I remember when they did not permit the usage of a drone – a very small one – to grab an overview pic. Well, now no one is around because of Covid-19 infections so no worries security staff :).

In Southern California, Counties Blame State Government When It Suits Them

Riverside, San Diego and Orange County all banded together to force the state create these exceptions on targeted reduction of activity in May-July of this year. They also have been very late to basic standards on mask usage which just this month of December became more or less mandatory or recommended. For example, Santa Ana city council has just now mandated mask usage.

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Ultimately, these obfuscations on what should be standard or not have led to many going unmasked, gathering because the mixed messaging gives them an inclination to eschew all safety standards occasionally. With special occasions popping up related to the holidays, it makes sense we would see this occasional double surge on numbers that were already out of control.

The persistence of numerical data, however, has been one of the ways for me to cope and make sense of this Covid-19 situation. I have tracked for 7 months now the surge and overall development of Covid-19 infections and deaths in my home region: Southern California. The device is called ‘Chicano.Press‘, and we have surpassed the million mark at the time of this writing.

It is from this vantage point that I make the following observations; through the lense of a persistent infection and death toll that doesn’t dissipate in any way.

Riverside Shifts Blame Clumsily

On Tuesday, Riverside County published material denigrating “constantly changing” state requirements as if the changes were all induced from the state. However, the entire time, the counties have been toying with standards and forced a harder stance from the state. CA is at 90 percent ICU usage.

More locally, today (12/14/2020) Riverside County has 0 percent capacity in it’s ICU centers.

We should note that if any county gets into too much trouble, the state of California has to intervene. In Imperial County, for example, the state and local public health agencies were forced to distribute patients between San Diego and Riverside once Imperial was at capacity.

Incomplete Data

In San Diego, San Bernardino and Orange, the counties have neglected to publish death counts by city, which would hint at treatment results for vulnerable populations. In others words, these people are terribly neglectful and explicitly so, since San Diego county explicitly said they wouldn’t publish as a matter of “privacy”. For who? Thankfully, Riverside publishes that death per city data but not without disputes between Riverside County supervisors and Dr. Cameron Kaiser’s staff.

Danny Trejo’s Donut Shop

Chicano donut shop! Get your Vegan LowRider donut.

Danny Trejo’s donut shop in Hollywood.

Address: 6785 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038

Don’t forget about these great spots in Los Angeles. People really need the support now more than ever!

Whose Danny Trejo?

Trejo is a Chicano actor based out of Los Angeles, California. He has an incredible work ethic, with multiple appearances over the past 4 decades in both major and minor roles. One such role was that of ‘Geronimo’ in Blood in, Blood Out.