Salaries in Nicaragua

In my blog in http://www.nicaliving.com/node/14285 which is about possibly sexist hiring attitudes, Felix says that salary is the major criteria in finding the right person for a job. I generally disagree but it is clear that salary is a consideration and I need some help coming up with some for some jobs we either have or will have at CoolTop.

I have worked for big companies, small companies, government and started and ran my own company that grew to almost 30 employees. While salary was sometimes good, location, a chance to learn new things and flexibility were what I found important. When you spend about 1/3 of your life "at work", doing something you feel matters in a place you like seems pretty important to me. And I think CoolTop will be that for many.

But, salary vs. other benefits aside, I really need some salary guidelines. I know what laborers get paid (C$50/day by other local businesses, more by us), a cook, albañiles and such. That is all pretty easy and well-defined. But, when it comes to a business manager, a restaurant manager, a hotel manager, marketing people, a Linux geek, ... I just don't get a lot of input.

Or, maybe worse, conflicting input. For example, I was told that the person who runs a big store in town makes C$3000/mo but I also know of a bookkeeper in a smaller place making almost three times that much.

I have also had one person suggest paying low wages with lots of chances to get bonuses but another tell me that workers will only see wages and bonuses won't make sense.

I do know that we need to figure out how to "open on a budget" as we don't expect to come close to meeting expenses for a while just like any new business. But, we want to share our success with those that made it possible.

I am still collecting salary information but any input would be very helpful—particularly if it is from the major population centers.

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true but...

"I have worked for big companies, small companies, government and started and ran my own company that grew to almost 30 employees. While salary was sometimes good, location, a chance to learn new things and flexibility were what I found important. When you spend about 1/3 of your life "at work", doing something you feel matters in a place you like seems pretty important to me. And I think CoolTop will be that for many."

While the above stated by you,holds true to most of us, a good salary complements the above,and furthermore a good salary makes you love/appreciate your job even more.

I only have references to General Manager's salary in Esteli in the Cigar factories,and most of them are NOT bilingual. Said salaries range from $900 to $2,800 depending on the size of the factory. We pay a little over $1,500 USD for our General Manager and $900 USD to our Assistant General Manager,they are both not bi lingual. The bigger factories pay well over $2,500 for a General Manager and the majority of the bigger factories General Managers are bilingual.

I have often stated,and even told you in person,how tough/frustrating it has been for me to establish the American way of working(ethics) at our place. Thus,it would be more beneficial to hire someone with USA management experience. to help train and motivate everyone involved.