Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 4.13 % in 2017 in El Salvador, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 4.02 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in El Salvador reached an all time high of 22.8 % in 1990 and an all time low of 4.01 % in 2006. When compared to El Salvador's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Guatemala amounted to 2.95 %, 5.82 % in Honduras and 2.24 % in Nicaragua in 2017.
El Salvador has been ranked 85th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 4 places above the position seen 10 years ago.
Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.