Remote’s guide to employing in

Costa Rica
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Make employment in Costa Rica easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Costa Rica, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
  • Capital City

    San José

  • Currency

    Costa Rican colón (₡, CRC)

  • Languages


  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
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Facts & Stats

Costa Rica
  • Capital City

    San José

  • Currency

    Costa Rican colón (₡, CRC)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    50.64 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    2.1 (2019)

The Republic of Costa Rica is a sovereign unitary presidential constitutional republic. The Central American country is recognised within the region for its stable democracy, press freedom, and high per capita income. Costa Rica also registers a strong rating on the human development index compared with Latin American neighbours.

Costa Rica’s economy has witnessed significant strides driven by an educated population, diversification from agriculture, and investment and tax incentives that have earned it the colloquial tag of Switzerland of Central America.

Grow your team in Costa Rica with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Costa Rica? Companies hiring in Costa Rica must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Costa Rica on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Costa Rica team. You can also pay contractors now in Costa Rica with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Costa Rica, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Costa Rica may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

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Employing in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Labour Code (Código de Trabajo) is the preeminent statute guiding employment relations and spells out provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights. Employees in Costa Rica enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Costa Rica.

Minimum Wage

In Costa Rica, the monthly minimum wage ranges from CRC 352,165 to non-skilled workers, CRC 415,200 for technician employees, CRC 627,000 for undergraduate employees, and CRC 753,000 for graduated employees.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

13th Month Salary

Note that a 13th salary or 13th month salary payment in Costa Rica is mandated by law. The 13th salary must be paid by the 20th of December and will be equal to one month’s pay. The payment is commonly known in Costa Rica as Aguinaldo Salary.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in the Costa Rica fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 3 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment. Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

9 Public holidays

Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day (Año Nuevo)
Thursday, 28 March 20242Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo)
Friday, 29 March 20243Good Friday (Viernes Santo)
Monday, 15 April 20244Battle of Rivas (Batalla de rivas)
Wednesday, 1 May 20245Labour Day (Día del Trabajador)
Monday, 29 July 20246Annexation of Guanacaste (Anexión de Guanacaste)
Thursday, 15 August 20247Mother's Day (Día de la Madre)
Sunday, 15 September 20248Independence Day (Día de la Independencia)
Wednesday, 25 December 20249Christmas Day (Navidad)

Competitive benefits package in Costa Rica

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Costa Rica are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Fair Pricing in Costa Rica

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll


per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you


Manage all of your employees in one place


Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app