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Average Salary in Philippines 2020

How much money does a person working in Philippines make?

Average Monthly Salary
50,600 PHP
( 607,000 PHP yearly)


A person working in Philippines typically earns around 50,600 PHP per month. Salaries range from 6,840 PHP (lowest average) to 224,000 PHP (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Philippines

Median and salary distribution monthly Philippines
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Philippines range from 6,840 PHP per month (minimum salary) to 224,000 PHP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 54,600 PHP per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 54,600 PHP while the other half are earning more than 54,600 PHP. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 27,600 PHP while 75% of them are earning more than 27,600 PHP. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 150,000 PHP while 25% are earning more than 150,000 PHP.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Philippines costs anywhere from 253,000 Philippine Peso(s) to 758,000 Philippine Peso(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Philippines earn 22% more than their female counterparts.

45,400 PHP
55,700 PHP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Philippines

How much are annual salary increments in Philippines? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Philippines are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 18 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Philippines is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Philippines for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Philippines

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Philippines
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45% of surveyed staff in Philippines reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Philippines
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Philippines earn 12% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
47,700 PHP
Public Sector+12%
53,400 PHP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Philippines

How are Philippines salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Philippines
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Average Salary 2016
43,700 PHP
Average Salary 2017+4%
45,300 PHP
Average Salary 2018+4%
47,000 PHP
Average Salary 2019+4%
48,800 PHP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Philippines are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant33,200 PHP
Accounting Assistant31,000 PHP
Accounting Manager65,300 PHP
Bookkeeper26,300 PHP
Chartered Accountant40,100 PHP
Corporate Treasurer86,000 PHP
Financial Analyst49,200 PHP
Financial Manager102,000 PHP
Internal Auditor49,200 PHP

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant24,900 PHP
Office Manager33,400 PHP
Receptionist27,000 PHP
Secretary25,700 PHP

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director49,000 PHP
Creative Director50,800 PHP
Graphic Designer33,000 PHP
Photographer33,700 PHP

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer50,400 PHP
Air Traffic Controller50,500 PHP
Flight Attendant41,000 PHP
Pilot59,600 PHP

Architect41,900 PHP
CAD Drafter38,000 PHP

Mechanic25,300 PHP
Service Advisor39,600 PHP

Bank Branch Manager73,300 PHP
Teller32,800 PHP

Teacher36,500 PHP
Translator40,100 PHP

Business Planning
Business Analyst55,000 PHP
Business Development Manager75,200 PHP
Project Manager57,300 PHP

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny31,100 PHP
Nursery Teacher36,200 PHP

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer44,200 PHP
Construction Project Manager55,500 PHP
Health and Safety Officer30,800 PHP

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative33,600 PHP
Customer Service Manager66,600 PHP
Customer Service Representative34,500 PHP

Civil Engineer45,000 PHP
Electrical Engineer49,400 PHP
Engineer43,000 PHP
Mechanical Engineer49,700 PHP

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer108,000 PHP
Chief Financial Officer103,000 PHP
General Manager88,800 PHP
Project Manager54,600 PHP

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef41,200 PHP
Executive Chef41,900 PHP
Hotel Manager72,200 PHP
Receptionist36,500 PHP
Travel Agent39,000 PHP
Waiter / Waitress28,000 PHP

Health and Medical
Dentist110,000 PHP
Dietitian113,000 PHP
Laboratory Technician38,200 PHP
Nurse37,000 PHP

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager65,100 PHP
Human Resources Officer37,800 PHP

Information Technology
Computer Technician38,200 PHP
Database Administrator46,800 PHP
Developer / Programmer44,500 PHP
Information Technology Manager67,800 PHP
Network Engineer41,800 PHP

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer39,700 PHP

Attorney68,100 PHP
Legal Assistant36,200 PHP

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist46,500 PHP

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer40,300 PHP
Pharmacist52,200 PHP

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier28,800 PHP
Sales Manager76,400 PHP
Sales Representative30,900 PHP

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher33,600 PHP
Secondary School Teacher39,700 PHP

Average Hourly Wage in Philippines

290 PHP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Philippines is 290 PHP. This means that the average person in Philippines earns approximately 290 PHP for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antipolo55,500 PHP
Cagayan de Oro53,700 PHP
Cebu57,400 PHP
Dasmarinas48,500 PHP
Davao59,500 PHP
Kalookan58,400 PHP
Las Pinas50,700 PHP
Makati49,700 PHP
Manila60,400 PHP
Paranaque52,700 PHP
Pasig54,500 PHP
Quezon City61,300 PHP
Taguig56,600 PHP
Valenzuela51,500 PHP
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