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Because of Argentina’s high unemployment rate (est. 8.9% in 2007), it is often difficult for foreigners to find a job. If you already speak Spanish or are only looking for an internship you will have an easier time. The standard fallback is to become an English teacher, but the hours are long, and in a place like Buenos Aires a teacher’s salary alone won’t be enough to live on.

The high demand for jobs also means that some employers will attempt to exploit their workers because they are, for the most part, expendable. However, if you are employed off the books (as at least 30 percent of Argentines are), you can sue your employer for having employed you illegally, which makes some employers more reluctant to sack their workers.

The minimum wage in 2007 was about $500 a month, with the average monthly wage just a little higher. However, if you have a college degree you can expect a salary more in the $800 a month range. Salary also varies with geography  - Buenos Aires and Ushuaia /Rio Grande have the highest average wages in the country, while Salta and Corrientes has the lowest. has comprehensive information on what you can expect in terms of hours, wages, laws and benefits:

This “Foreigners” page from the Argentine government has everything you need to know about immigration proceedings and other legal requirements. It also provides resources to help you start your job search:

You can also go to our Argentina Visa Information page to look at the different kinds of visas and what they require.

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