Whether you're living in Guatemala or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

8,400 GTQ

average per month

2,100 GTQ

Range

18,000 GTQ

16,000 GTQ

average per month

3,200 GTQ

Range

25,000 GTQ

25,000 GTQ

average per month

7,400 GTQ

Range

38,000 GTQ

6,300 GTQ

average per month

1,100 GTQ

Range

14,000 GTQ

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Guatemala is 8,400 GTQ. Expenses can range from 2,100 GTQ at the minimum level to 18,000 GTQ at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Guatemala is 16,000 GTQ. Expenditure can range from 3,200 GTQ to 25,000 GTQ per month.

The average cost of living for families in Guatemala is 25,000 GTQ per month. Families spend anywhere from 7,400 GTQ to 38,000 GTQ.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Guatemala is 6,300 GTQ. Students spend from 1,100 GTQ to 14,000 GTQ per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

2.1 GTQ

2.1 GTQ

2.1 GTQ

combo meal

21 GTQ

15 GTQ

35 GTQ

meal for one

70 GTQ

55 GTQ

88 GTQ

meal for one

180 GTQ

120 GTQ

210 GTQ

Soft Drink

1.8 GTQ

1.8 GTQ

1.8 GTQ

or latte

14 GTQ

8.8 GTQ

21 GTQ

large bottle

11 GTQ

8.8 GTQ

12 GTQ

bread

1.5 GTQ

1.3 GTQ

1.8 GTQ

eggs

11 GTQ

8.8 GTQ

13 GTQ

chicken

24 GTQ

19 GTQ

30 GTQ

1 kg or 1 lb

28 GTQ

23 GTQ

35 GTQ

1 kg or 1 lb

15 GTQ

13 GTQ

18 GTQ

1 kg or 1 lb

7.0 GTQ

5.8 GTQ

8.8 GTQ

1 kg or 1 lb

7.5 GTQ

6.6 GTQ

8.1 GTQ

1 kg or 1 lb

7.3 GTQ

6.4 GTQ

8.1 GTQ

taxi ride

11 GTQ

8.8 GTQ

21 GTQ

full tank

70 GTQ

53 GTQ

140 GTQ

1-day rental

70 GTQ

53 GTQ

110 GTQ

price

53,000 GTQ

26,000 GTQ

70,000 GTQ

one way

2.6 GTQ

1.8 GTQ

5.3 GTQ

Service

110 GTQ

70 GTQ

210 GTQ

and water bill

500 GTQ

130 GTQ

1,100 GTQ

and water bill

630 GTQ

160 GTQ

1,300 GTQ

and water bill

1,000 GTQ

220 GTQ

1,100 GTQ

and cable

110 GTQ

53 GTQ

140 GTQ

charges

70 GTQ

42 GTQ

210 GTQ

ticket

35 GTQ

26 GTQ

53 GTQ

membership

110 GTQ

84 GTQ

210 GTQ

or pants

88 GTQ

62 GTQ

130 GTQ

dress

81 GTQ

58 GTQ

260 GTQ

shoes

75 GTQ

55 GTQ

180 GTQ

shoes

58 GTQ

48 GTQ

120 GTQ

suit

66 GTQ

53 GTQ

350 GTQ

t-shirt

35 GTQ

26 GTQ

110 GTQ

apartment

1,300 GTQ

880 GTQ

3,500 GTQ

apartment

2,100 GTQ

1,300 GTQ

5,300 GTQ

apartment

2,600 GTQ

1,800 GTQ

7,000 GTQ

apartment

260,000 GTQ

180,000 GTQ

530,000 GTQ

apartment

350,000 GTQ

210,000 GTQ

1,300,000 GTQ

apartment

1,100,000 GTQ

350,000 GTQ

2,100,000 GTQ

Bed

1,300 GTQ

1,100 GTQ

1,800 GTQ

Bed

1,100 GTQ

700 GTQ

1,300 GTQ

Bed

810 GTQ

620 GTQ

1,100 GTQ

Room

1,500 GTQ

1,200 GTQ

5,300 GTQ

Table

700 GTQ

530 GTQ

1,300 GTQ

or Couch

960 GTQ

700 GTQ

2,100 GTQ

Set

1,100 GTQ

700 GTQ

2,100 GTQ

or Freezer

960 GTQ

620 GTQ

1,300 GTQ

Machine

1,200 GTQ

810 GTQ

2,100 GTQ

or Cooker

960 GTQ

750 GTQ

1,300 GTQ

Phone

1,100 GTQ

880 GTQ

1,500 GTQ

or Computer

1,200 GTQ

960 GTQ

2,100 GTQ

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Guatemala

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 760 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 3,000 GTQ |

HIGH | 6,400 GTQ |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 130 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 500 GTQ |

HIGH | 1,100 GTQ |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 170 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 670 GTQ |

HIGH | 1,400 GTQ |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 340 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,300 GTQ |

HIGH | 2,900 GTQ |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 190 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 760 GTQ |

HIGH | 1,600 GTQ |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 110 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 420 GTQ |

HIGH | 890 GTQ |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 42 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 170 GTQ |

HIGH | 360 GTQ |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 380 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,500 GTQ |

HIGH | 3,200 GTQ |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Guatemala

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 1,000 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 5,200 GTQ |

HIGH | 8,300 GTQ |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 160 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 630 GTQ |

HIGH | 1,300 GTQ |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 380 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,900 GTQ |

HIGH | 3,000 GTQ |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 440 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 2,200 GTQ |

HIGH | 3,500 GTQ |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 350 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,700 GTQ |

HIGH | 2,800 GTQ |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 190 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 950 GTQ |

HIGH | 1,500 GTQ |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 63 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 320 GTQ |

HIGH | 500 GTQ |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 540 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 2,700 GTQ |

HIGH | 4,300 GTQ |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Guatemala

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 2,400 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 8,100 GTQ |

HIGH | 12,000 GTQ |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 220 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,000 GTQ |

HIGH | 1,100 GTQ |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 590 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 2,000 GTQ |

HIGH | 3,000 GTQ |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 1,300 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 4,500 GTQ |

HIGH | 6,800 GTQ |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 590 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 2,000 GTQ |

HIGH | 3,000 GTQ |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 370 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,300 GTQ |

HIGH | 1,900 GTQ |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 1,000 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 3,500 GTQ |

HIGH | 5,300 GTQ |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 880 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 3,000 GTQ |

HIGH | 4,500 GTQ |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Guatemala

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 250 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,500 GTQ |

HIGH | 3,300 GTQ |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 42 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 250 GTQ |

HIGH | 550 GTQ |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 74 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 440 GTQ |

HIGH | 960 GTQ |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 210 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,300 GTQ |

HIGH | 2,700 GTQ |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 63 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 380 GTQ |

HIGH | 820 GTQ |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 53 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 320 GTQ |

HIGH | 680 GTQ |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 200 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 1,200 GTQ |

HIGH | 2,600 GTQ |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 160 GTQ |

AVERAGE | 950 GTQ |

HIGH | 2,000 GTQ |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Guatemala typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 4,500 GTQ with expenditure ranging from 1,100 GTQ and 7,500 GTQ. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Guatemala ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 600 GTQ with 140 GTQ and 1,000 GTQ being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 300 GTQ to 2,100 GTQ on commuting with 1,300 GTQ being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Guatemala is 2,300 GTQ. The cost of groceries can range between 580 GTQ to 4,000 GTQ. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Guatemala allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 300 GTQ to 2,100 GTQ with 1,200 GTQ being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 180 GTQ to 1,200 GTQ with 740 GTQ being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 1,300 GTQ per month with 330 GTQ being the minimum spent amount and 2,200 GTQ being the maximum.