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 (2021): United States, China, and Guatemala
Top 3 Exported Goods (2021): Apparel: Knit, Plastics, and Paper

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Food Processing; Beverages; Petroleum; Chemicals

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $70,309,956,558 (2022)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 2.6% (2022)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $11,096 (2022)
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GDP Country Rank 109/197 (2022)

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 %) 7.199% (2022)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $20,171,383,377 (2021)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 36.4% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 10.344% (2000)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 15.514% (2022)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($2,146,173,194) (2022)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 2,782,179 (2022)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 15.249% (2021)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 23.741% (2021)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 61.01% (2021)
Unemployment Rate 3.822% (2022)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $18,070,440,000 (2022)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $10,129,310,000 (2022)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 74.558% (2022)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) ($388,707) (2022)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $4,234,911,616 (2022)
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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