For a full sized home, you can have a full time gardener for around US $200 per month. Full time here in Panama is not exactly like full time in the US, so do not expect that they will work exactly 8 hours a day. Here, they can start at around 6 AM and end at around noon, depending on your arrangement. Overall, the cost for a gardener is around $15 to $18 for a day, depending on how long their day will be. It is the general average across the country, but as you get closer to Panama City, the rates could go higher.
In through the coastal areas of western Azuero having your maid come in every day, the cheapest rate here is probably $15 to $18 per day. But I think maids can be gotten for $10 a day; that low, if you give them enough work.
It is very different here compared to the more upscale and trendier areas of Azuero or the beach communities outside of Panama City. Yesterday I was at a restaurant in a little town here called Mari Hato, which is about 2 kilometers (about 1.2 miles) off the beach. The beach in that area is called Playa Reyna. We just opened a real estate office here in Torio. It is a brand new building where we built a restaurant, which will probably be opening in the next 90 days in March.
I talked to a woman who has a restaurant there. I had whole fried fish, rice with patacones, which is fried plantains (pictured above), and lemonade and my bill was $4. Where can you get a meal like that for only $4?
I asked that woman how much I would have to pay for someone to cook at my Mexican Taco Grill. She said $15 per day. That is what they get per day. The cost also depends on what they will do for you.
When you are talking about a company like ours, and starting a new restaurant, our cost will probably be a little more because we fall under the scrutiny of taxes and have other considerations with which me must comply, as a business. We also probably have to add some money to Social Security and all the other things that a business has to do in order to pay their legal employees, so if you open a business here, your labor costs will be a little higher.