I can’t really answer what is the cost of a gardener for Los Cabos but for here in the small village of La Ventana, about 40 minutes by car south of La Paz, it depends on if you’re talking about a full time gardener who’s working 6 days a week or you’re talking about a part time guy who comes in a couple of days a week for a few hours.
For example, we have gardening service for our homeowners for which they pay around 900 pesos (less than US $50) a month. But they’re sharing him so that keeps that cost down. If you had to hire that guy for your home on an individual basis, he’s going to charge you more than just to come for a couple of hours. But because we have this guy working, he’s going from house to house, he gets his full 8 hour a day and he gets his pay so the cost is very low for the home owner, and our arrangement here works well.
A lot of people don’t understand that here in Mexico there’s a burden on the employer to pay a lot of different things such as medical, worker comp., retirement, and vacation pay. It’s a lot and you need to know that because if you hire somebody and you don’t have an agreement, if the government finds out, they will fine you and they’ll go for back pay. A lot of people don’t understand that and a lot of people don't pay for these things and get away with it. The government wants that money because that’s what provides the health service and so on.
(Grounds of Ventana Bay Resort, Ventana Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico, pictured.)
As a result of all this, it’s a hard to say what does a gardener cost, but as I said above, here’s how we’re doing it. We pay a very good price because we have a community set up in which they share in the cost of his deductions as well. So that keeps overall costs down. But if you’re just going to hire a guy for your house, he might give you a good price like, "‘Oh, give me $100 a month’ or something like that but you have to be aware that there are requirements. The guy can have his own company and then you’re not liable but you have to know those details.