Economic Trivia

El Salvador has the third largest economy in Central America.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2015): United States, Guatemala, and Honduras
Top 3 Exported Goods (2015): Apparel: Knit, Plastics, and Apparel: Non Knit

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Food Processing; Beverages; Petroleum; Chemicals

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $52,701,274,341 (2015)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 2.455% (2015)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $8,602 (2015)
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GDP Country Rank 106/193 (2015)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) -0.731% (2015)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $14,535,672,000 (2014)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 38.7% (2015)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 10.478% (2000)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 20.912% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($920,018,746) (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 2,749,893 (2014)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 19.6% (2013)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 20.4% (2013)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 60.1% (2013)
Unemployment Rate 6.2% (2014)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $10,864,900,000 (2015)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $6,710,400,000 (2015)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 62.733% (2014)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $518,496,132 (2015)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $2,164,651,924 (2014)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, El Salvador’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank