Comprehensive Guide To Virtual Assistant Salaries In The Philippines

Comprehensive Guide to
Virtual Assistant Salaries in the Philippines

How Much Does the Average Virtual Assistant Earn?

A Virtual Assistant’s salary ranges from $300 to $1000 a month depending on their skills. A programmer will obviously require a higher salary as compared to a data entry specialist, which is almost the same case with office-based jobs.

Avg. Monthly Salary

vs

Office Workers

Virtual Assistant

  • Accounting Clerk – $180
  • Nurses – $200
  • BPO Entry Level – $250
  • Customer Support Agents – $250
  • Autocad Operators – $302
  • Teacher – $420
  • Accountant – $530
  • Civil Engineer – $550
  • Management Accountant – $1,395
  • Project Manager – $1,400
  • Accountant – $375 ($260-$580)
  • Transcriptionist – $312.5 ($260-$500)
  • Link Builder – $350 ($240-$380)
  • Customer Support – $400 ($350-$580)
  • Graphic Designer- $375 ($340-$430)
  • Artist – $375 ($330-$430)
  • Virtual Assistant – $375 ($260-$480)
  • SEO Specialist – $400 ($270-$490)
  • Copywriter – $400 ($225-$490)
  • Web Designer / Webmaster – $482.5 ($335-$580)
  • Video Editor – $550 ($300-$1000)
  • Software/Web/App Programmer -$750 ($590-$1000)

Minimum Wage for
Major Cities

For office based jobs in the Philippines, there are other factors in play such as the tendency to base salary rates on the government mandated minimum salary and the progressiveness on the industry they are in. The sad part is, for office-based jobs, majority of the rates really are based on the minimum salary requirement.

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Average VA Salaries
Across the World

When you compare average salaries in the Philippines with other countries, you begin to see why the Philippines is the fastest growing outsourcing market. When you combine the talent level in the Philippines with the average salaries, the Philippines becomes downright compelling.

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How much does the average Filipino have to spend?

To make it easier for you to formulate a rating of your own for your future VA’s, or if a raise is long overdue, we also have a chart on the cost of living in the Philippines. This includes the utilities that they need to fully function in the virtual assistant world.

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Office Workers

Virtual Assistant

Recurring

  • Transportation: $10 – $125*minimum is 1 round trip jeepney ride. It usually takes a jeepney and MRT for most people
  • Rent: $95 – $142
  • Electricity: $23 – $100
  • Food: $249 – $439

Total Monthly Expenses

$377 – $806

Recurring

  • Transportation: $0
  • Internet Connection: $35 – $83
  • Rent: $95 – $142
  • Electricity: $23 – $100
  • Food: $83 – $146

One time costs

  • Computer: $348 – $581*computers and laptops replaced every 3 years
  • Laptop: $476 – $800*laptops more expensive in the Phils due to customs duties

Total Monthly Expenses

$281 – $554

Again, the chart only includes the basic utilities. Please keep in mind that there are other costs one requires in order to live, like clothes, mobile devices, and anything that allows them to go about their actual lives.

How old and experienced are these virtual assistants?

In the Philippines, a college degree is a prerequisite in order to get a job. That’s why majority of Virtual Assistants are college educated.

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What are the optional benefits that employers can pay for?

If you’re like me, you want to give a few extras for your loyal employees. There are some benefits such as health insurance (PhilHealth in the Philippines) or SSS (like Social Security in the USA). If you want to provide this benefit to your workers here’s how much it cost:

Salary Range PhilHealth SSS
$200 – $249 $5.81 $28.37
$250 – $299 $6.98 $33.49
$300 – $349 $8.72 $39.07
$350 – $399 $9.88 $41.63
$400 – $449 $11.05 $41.63
$450 – $499 $12.21 $41.63
$500 – $549 $13.37 $41.63
$550 – $599 $14.5 $41.63
$600 – $649 $15.7 $41.63
$650 – $699 $17.44 $41.63
$700 – $749 $18.6 $41.63
$750 – $800 $19.77 $41.63

Source: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/partners/employers/contri_tbl.html

As you can see, with Filipino workers, you don’t have to break the bank to give these highly skilled workers a living wage. If you just look at their salary in terms of numbers, yeah they do look insignificant compared to ours. But if you’re that Filipino VA, that $400 or $500 per month will get you more than most Filipino workers get. That amount gets them better meals for their families, better education for their kids, better lives overall. It’s a small amount to you but a big blessing for them.

So the next time someone accuses you of exploiting workers because you outsource, show them these numbers. Ask them what exploitation looks like and show them pictures of your VA being able to send their kids to private school and get iPhones for themselves. If this is exploitation, then giving them a “fair” wage would be winning the lottery.

*Data as of February 2016