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Country-based salary comparisons

Country-based salary comparisons
Country-based salary comparisons

The minimum daily wage for non-domestic workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) is USD 11 per day or about USD 1.37 per hour.

In comparison, the national minimum wage in the U.S. is USD 7.25 per hour, with many states requiring a minimum wage that is higher than federally mandated. The highest minimum wage is USD 11.50 per hour in Washington.

The annual average wage in the Philippines is approximately USD 5,129. On the other hand, the annual average wage in the United States is USD 60,200; in the United Kingdom, it’s USD 42,800; and USD 52,063 in Australia.

Chart comparing Philippine salaries to US, UK, and Australian salaries

Outsource Accelerator has created an infographic showing the average annual salaries of employees based in the Philippines, USA, UK, and Australia who are performing similar roles:

Job DescriptionAverage Salary in the Philippines
per annum (PHP)
Average Salary in the USA
per annum (USD)
Average Salary in UK
per annum (GBP)
Average Salary in Australia
per annum (AUD)
HR Manager₱507,387$78,007£35,813$90,243
in USD$9,506$78,007$46,669$66,518
saving %n/a88%80%86%
SAP Consultant₱616,593$76,798£37,489$96,928
in USD$11,552$76,798$48,818$71,445
saving %n/a85%77%84%
Software Developer₱385,424$81,994£30,651$85,000
in USD$7,221$81,994$39,913$62,653
saving %n/a91%82%88%
Software Engineer₱444,778$109,087£34,142$85,000
in USD$8,333$109,087$44,459$62,653
saving %n/a92%81%87%
Technical Support Representative₱247,555$36,924£38,570$51,869
in USD$4,638$36,924$35,225$38,232
saving %n/a87%87%88%
IT Representatives (Entry Level)₱305,414$61,758£19,000$81,316
in USD$5,722$61,758$24,741$59,938
saving %n/a91%77%90%
Team Leaders₱381,741$75,823£23,940$61,632
in USD$7,152$75,823$31,174$45,428
saving %n/a91%77%84%
Systems Analyst (3-5 yrs experience)₱509,042$63,924£30,062$64,601
in USD$9,537$63,924$39,146$47,617
saving %n/a85%76%80%
Systems Admin (3-5 yrs experience)₱381,741$72,760£25,422$75,137
in USD$7,152$72,760$33,104$55,383
saving %n/a90%78%87%
Assistant Manager (2-4 yrs experience)₱879,895$57,121£34,000$45,503
in USD$16,485$57,121$44,274$33,540
saving %n/a71%63%51%
Project Manager (2-4 yrs experience)₱1,145,331$108,000£44,000$116,714
in USD$21,458$108,000$57,296$86,029
saving %n/a80%63%75%
Senior Project Manager (12+ yrs experience)₱2,647,851$102,318£61,698$146,371
in USD$49,608$102,318$80,343$107,890
saving %n/a52%38%54%
Program Director (12+ yrs experience)₱3,710,024$94,623£112,097$153,750
in USD$69,508$94,623$145,972$113,329
saving %n/a27%52%39%
Call Centre Agent (non-voice entry level)₱178,114$29,717£17,000$47,857
in USD$3,337$29,717$22,137$35,275
saving %n/a89%85%91%
Call Centre Agent (5 yrs experience)₱318,064$47,627£20,000$65,483
in USD$5,959$47,627$26,044$48,267
saving %n/a87%77%88%
Virtual Assistants (2+ yrs experience)₱121,963$42,240£30,000$43,139
in USD$2,285$42,240$39,066$31,797
saving %n/a95%94%93%
Virtual Assistants (7+ yrs experience)₱228,767$52,800£45,000$58,385
in USD$4,286$52,800$58,599$43,035
saving %n/a92%93%90%
Copywriter₱254,441$56,600£40,000.$85,000
in USD$4,767$56,600$52,088$62,653
saving %n/a92%91%92%
Accountant₱318,064$67,190£56,000$79,337
in USD$5,959$67,190$72,923$58,479
saving %n/a91%92%90%
Accounting Supervisor₱342,350$79,408£37,267$81,665
in USD$6,414$79,408$48,529$60,195
saving %n/a92%87%89%
Graphic Artist (Entry Level)₱207,257$46,658£29,695$51,006
in USD$3,883$46,658$38,668$37,596
saving %n/a92%90%90%

Business owners with companies in the US, UK, and Australia can save at least 80% of labor costs should they choose to outsource these tasks to BPO companies based in the Philippines.

Some jobs, such as copywriter, graphic designer, technical support representative, and virtual assistant are more than 85% cheaper in the Philippines compared to other countries.

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Job description and salary and wages summary for Philippine roles

In line with the table above, these are but a few of the more commonly used job titles and descriptions in the BPO industry:

Accountant

Accountants are responsible for preparing the assets, capital accounts, and liabilities of the company, as well as recording financial transactions and compiling and analyzing financial information.

They analyze accounting options and audit documents, plus they also compute the wages of company employees.

The table above shows the average annual salary for an accountant based in the Philippines is $7,020, compared to $67,190 for the US, £37,267 for the UK, and AU$95,000 for Australia. This is a saving of 91%. 92% and 90% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Accounting supervisor

It is the accounting supervisor’s job to maintain and oversee the finances of the company. Ensuring the efficiency and compliance of their junior accountants is also their responsibility. Additionally, they may assist in company audits.

The table above shows the average annual salary for an accounting supervisor based in the Philippines $11,339, compared to $89,409 for the US, £54,381 for the UK, and au$135,000 for Australia. This is a saving of 92%. 87% and 89% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Assistant manager

Assistant managers must have amazing leadership skills, and they should be comfortable with multitasking.

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They often help managers by taking over some of their tasks like monitoring inventories and designating tasks for team members. An assistant manager also oversees the production process and makes sure that the team is meeting all its milestones at the right time.

The table above shows the average annual salary for an assistant manager based in the Philippines $7,743, compared to $35,497 for the US, £27,088 for the UK, and au$84,546 for Australia. This is a saving of 71%. 63% and 51% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Call center agent

Call center agents are often preoccupied with calling clients or receiving calls. They interview their clients, obtaining necessary information and recording it in different systems, or they may verify the information they have already received.

Additionally, call center agents can answer the questions of their clients, provide them with necessary information, or guide them through different processes.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a call center agent based in the Philippines $5,141, compared to $47,627 for the US, £22,122 for the UK, and au$65,483 for Australia. This is a saving of 87%. 77% and 88% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Copywriter 

A copywriter’s task typically includes writing unique advertising, descriptive, or marketing texts. These copies can be used on the client’s website, social media platforms, or other forms of media like product and brand jingles.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a copywriter based in the Philippines is $7,533, compared to $60,065 for the US, £40,000 for the UK, and au$89,949 for Australia. This is a saving of 92%. 91% and 92% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Graphic artist 

Graphic artists are tasked with creating visual art and concepts that should captivate potential customers. They typically work with a marketing team, and their art is commonly used in websites, magazines, brochures, and advertisements.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a graphic artist based in the Philippines $4,656, compared to $51,023 for the US, £29,695 for the UK, and au$62,500 for Australia. This is a saving of 92%. 90% and 90% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

HR manager 

Human resources or HR managers lead the HR team and ensure that the office is running smoothly. They see to it that the health and overall well-being of the employees are taken care of by implementing rules and regulations in the workplace.

The table above shows the average annual salary for an HR manager based in the Philippines $10,740, compared to $80,768 for the US, £42,855 for the UK, and au$128,305 for Australia. This is a saving of 88%. 80% and 86% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Project manager 

The job of a project manager revolves around planning, budgeting, and overseeing all aspects of a specific project. Among their responsibilities are defining the scope and direction of the project they are managing and ensuring that every goal is completed right on schedule.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a project manager based in the Philippines $21,458, compared to $108,000 for the US, £44,000 for the UK, and au$116,714 for Australia. This is a saving of 80%. 63% and 75% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

 SAP consultant

System applications and products or SAP consultants talk to the representatives of their customers and evaluate their demands.  They use their expertise to program the software that will accommodate the needs of the client and conform to their business model as a whole.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a SAP consultant based in the Philippines $14,909, compared to $85,441 for the US, £56,142 for the UK, and au$130,000 for Australia. This is a saving of 85%. 77% and 84% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Software developer 

Also referred to as computer programmers, software developers play a key role in designing, testing, installing, and maintaining software systems. The work that they do helps create a more efficient workplace and improve the experience of customers.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a software developer based in the Philippines $9,174, compared to $81,994 for the US, £30,651 for the UK, and au$85,000 for Australia. This is a saving of 91%. 82% and 88% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Software engineer 

Just like software developers, software engineers take care of the more technical aspects of keeping a business running.

They specialize in certain areas of software development and must be fluent in particular sets of computer languages and development environments. Some of the areas they focus on are applications and databases, networks, and operating systems.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a software engineer based in the Philippines $8,333, compared to $116,457 for the US, £50,145 for the UK, and au$120,286 for Australia. This is a saving of 92%. 81% and 87% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Systems administrator 

Systems administrators spend their working hours installing, upgrading, and monitoring software and hardware. They also maintain operating systems, business applications, security tools, PCs, emails, and other essentials that keep the business running.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a systems administrator based in the Philippines is $9,931, compared to $81,397 for the US, £33,452 for the UK, and au$101,947 for Australia. This is a saving of 90%. 78% and 87% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Systems analyst 

Systems analysts are problem solvers. They talk to their clients and evaluate their current procedures and processes, then develop solutions to their problems by using alternative workflows or by designing and developing new systems.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a systems analyst based in the Philippines is $9,537, compared to $63,924 for the US, £30,062 for the UK, and au$64,601 for Australia. This is a saving of 85%. 76% and 80% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Team leader 

Just like the job title says, team leaders lead and manage a group of employees. They make sure that group members are communicating with each other, adhering to safety and standard practices, and meeting their deadlines.

They can also be tasked with hiring and training team members and updating the upper management about the progress of their current tasks.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a team leader based in the Philippines $7,621, compared to $75,823 for the US, £23,940 for the UK, and au$61,632 for Australia. This is a saving of 91%. 77% and 84% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Technical support representative 

Technical support representatives or TSRs work in an inbound call center environment. They resolve the technical and network problems of their clients by researching possible solutions and troubleshooting common issues.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a technical support representative based in the Philippines $5,618, compared to $56,212 for the US, £38,570 for the UK, and au$76,350 for Australia. This is a saving of 87%. 87% and 88% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

Virtual assistant 

Administrative tasks are the forte of virtual assistants. They answer emails, schedule meetings, and take care of travel arrangements like hotel and flight bookings.

The table above shows the average annual salary for a virtual assistant based in the Philippines $2,285, compared to $42,240 for the US, £30,000 for the UK, and au$43,139 for Australia. This is a saving of 95%. 94% and 93% for the US, UK, and Australia respectively.

The BPO industry in the Philippines is becoming more diversified, especially in the wake of AI adoption. Aside from the professions mentioned above, the industry also employs professionals in the fields of law, engineering, and healthcare, among others.

 

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