Is your industry among the highest-paying?

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The oil and gas, utilities, call center and IT industries are among the top 10 highest-paying in the Philippines, according to's 2014 Annual Salary Report

HIGHEST-PAYING INDUSTRIES. Job seekers queue to fill in forms at a job fair for call center agents in Manila. The BPO industry is among the highest-paying industries in the Philippines, according to's 2014 Annual Salary Report. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Want to earn more? Try working for an oil and gas company, utility, non-government organization (NGO), a call center or an information technology (IT) company.

These are among the top 10 highest-paying industries in the Philippines, according to the 2014 Annual Salary Report of job search site

“The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is still growing. It boosted average salaries in the Philippines. Also, the BPO and IT industries are inter-related,” said Eileen Camarillo-Go, marketing manager of Philippines.

“Meanwhile, the utilities and oil & gas industries are in need of hard-to-fill jobs, like engineers and licensed professionals. The in-demand positions in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry are usually marketing and sales,” she added.

Among junior executives who have 1 to 4 years of work experience, those who work for NGOs are the highest-paid, with an average basic monthly salary of P25,697.

“These NGOs are United Nations, international labor organizations. They are the ones who are looking for fund-raising activities and project assistance,” Camarillo-Go said.

Industry Average Basic
Monthly Salary
Non-governmental organization (NGO) P25,697
Utilities P24,400
IT software P23,671
Business process outsourcing (BPO) P21,590
IT hardware P20,721
Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) P20,131
Oil & gas P19,848
Banking & finance P19,135
Mining P18,893
Media P18,853


For supervisors, the highest-paying industry is utilities, which offer an average monthly salary of P50,411.

Industry Average Basic
Monthly Salary
Utilities P50,411
Non-governmental organization (NGO) P43,165
IT software P34,679
Business process outsourcing (BPO) P33,691
Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) P30,751
Telecommunications P29,041
Banking & finance P28,779
Advertising P28,328
Oil & gas P27,055
Hotel P26,952


Meanwhile, among managers, those in the oil and gas industry receive the highest salaries, averaging P74,297 per month.

Industry Average Basic
Monthly Salary
Oil & gas P74,297
Utilities P74,067
Industrial/Machinery P69,063
IT software P59,678
Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical P57,934
Business process outsourcing (BPO) P57,688
Transportation/Logistics P51,685
Manufacturing P48,784
Insurance P48,758
Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) P48,427


This was’s second annual report to help candidates and employees gauge if they are getting the better salary.

Its approach this year, however, was different from what they did in 2013. “Last year, we focused on the salary per specialization or job. This year, what we did was per industry, so regardless of a company’s needs or job openings, if it’s part of any of the top 10 industries, it pays well,” Camarillo-Go said.

The report was released during the launch of’s new homepage, featuring a resume builder and a “salary matching” tool, a first in Philippines and in Asia.

Around 60 industries were part of the report. The salaries were based on actual amounts posted by employers on from September 1 to November 30, 2013.

The salaries did not include other forms of compensation, like leave credits, medical benefits, insurance and incentives.

In March, will release a report to help fresh graduates apply for their first jobs. –

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Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.