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Dominican Republic Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Dominican Republic


Santo Domingo


Dominican Peso (DOP)


Spanish, Haitian Creole, Samana English

Payroll Frequency

Monthly or Bi-Weekly

GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

The Dominican Republic has experienced a remarkable period of robust economic growth over the last 25 years. The country’s GDP is estimated to reach 88.00 USD Billion this 2022 driven by tourism, remittances, foreign direct investment, mining revenues, free-trade zones, and telecommunications. This makes the Dominican Republic the second fastest growing economy in Latin America and the country is on track to achieve high-income status by 2030.

Major economic hubs:

Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Pedro de Macorís

Skills in demand:

Socio-Cultural and Community Services, Health and Wellness, Hotels and Tourism, Construction and Mining.

Dominican Republic Map

Local Universities

The top local universities in Dominican Republic are as follows:

Dominican Republic Uni1

Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo


Local: 1

World: 1557

Dominican Republic Uni2

Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago


Local: 2


Dominican Republic Uni3

Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo


Local: 3

World: 3249

Dominican Republic Uni4

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra


Local: 4

World: 3550

Dominican Republic Uni5

Universidad Iberoamericana


Local: 5

World: 4189

Salary Data

Some common jobs in the Dominican Republic are:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (DOP) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Accounting Assistant 10,400 186
Financial Analyst 25,900 463
Graphic Designer 12,800 229
Business Development Manager 31,900 570
Project Manager 22,700 406
Human Resources Manager 28,100 502
Developer/Programmer 18,200 325
Dominican Republic Talentsource

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards

Indeed, LinkedIn, Jobfinder, OpcionEmpleo, BuscoJobs

Number of LinkedIn users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Michael Page, AIMS, Chronos Consulting

Employing in the Dominican Republic

Before hiring talents in the Dominican Republic, employers should know the basic labor laws, employment terms, deductions and benefits. This section has all the necessary information that employers can use.

Employee Contract

The Dominican Republic Labor Laws accept verbal and written contracts. Employers can choose from either Spanish or English for the contract’s language.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National holiday
9 Jan Epiphany National holiday
21 Jan Our Lady of Altagracia National holiday
26 Jan Duarte’s Day National holiday
29 Jan Day off for Duarte’s Day National holiday
27 Feb Independence Day National holiday
29 Mar Good Friday National holiday, Christian
1 May Labor Day National holiday
30 May Corpus Christi National holiday
16 Aug Restoration Day National holiday
24 Sep Feast of Our Lady of Mercy National holiday
4 Nov Constitution Day National holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day National holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Duration Mandatory
Annual Leave 14 days Yes
Sick Leave 21 to 23 days Yes
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Yes


Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

Dominican Republic workers are paid once a month, usually on the last day of the month. However, some businesses are implementing bi-monthly cycles to pay employees on the 15th and last day of the month.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The Dominican Republic’s minimum wage depends on where the business is located and the size of the enterprise.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

The weekly and daily work limits are 44 hours per week and 8 hours per day, respectively. Employees who work more than the regular hours a week should be paid as follows:


13th Month Pay

Employees receive a 13th salary or Christmas salary by December 20 each year.

Employee Benefits

The Dominican Republic’s statutory benefits offer a lot of coverage for its members. Below are some benefits they provide:

  • Social Insurance (Cash sick and/or maternity benefit)
  • Medical Benefits
  • Nursing Allowance
  • Unemployment
  • Retirement


Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Contribution
Pension 7.10%
Family Healthcare 7.09%
Labour Risk Insurance 1.2%
Governmental Training Institution (INFOTEP) 1%

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Contribution
Pension 2.87%
Family Healthcare 3.04%
Governmental Training Institution (INFOTEP) 0.5%

Employee Income Tax

Annual Taxable Income Tax Rate
0 – 416,220.00 DOP 0%
416,220.00 DOP – 624,329.00 DOP 15%
624,329.00 DOP – 867,123.00 DOP 20%
867,123.00 DOP and higher 25%


The standard rate for VAT is 18%.

Offboarding & Termination

A written notice and an explanation for the termination are required to start the process.

The notice period depends on the employee’s tenure in the organization:

Tenure Notice Period
3 – 6 months 7 days
6 months – 1 year 14 days
More than 1 year 28 days

In the event of a termination, the employer must give severance pay within 10 days and must follow the severance pay structure below:

Tenure Pay Rate
3 – 6 months 6 days of salary
6 – 1 year 13 days of salary
1 – 5 years 21 days of salary
5 years and more 23 days of salary

Visa and Immigration

Foreign nationals wishing to work in the Dominican Republic must obtain the following:

Type of Visa Purpose
Business Visa (For Employment Purposes) For assignments of one year or less
Temporary Residence Permit For assignments more than one year

Consular post must grant all visas with Ministry of Foreign Affairs authorization.

Dominican Republic Visa
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Minimum Wage

Industry Minimum wage per month
A large enterprise with 151 or more workers / An enterprise with annual sales more than 202 million pesos DOP21,000.00
A medium enterprise with 51-150 workers /An enterprise with annual sales between 54 million pesos and 202 million pesos DOP19,250.00
A small enterprise with 11-50 workers / An enterprise with annual sales between 8 million pesos and 54 million pesos DOP12,900.00
A micro enterprise with 10 or less workers / An enterprise with annual sales up to 8 million pesos DOP11,900.00

Overtime Pay

Overtime Period Compensation
Every hour above the 44-hours weekly limit Premium of 135%
Every hour in excess of 68 hours a week Premium of 200%
Rest days Premium of 200%

Visa & Immigration