What are the Highest Paying Jobs in the Philippines?

You’ve been working day in and day out, you even work during your rest day/s, or you accept side jobs just to earn additional income, but it seems like your salary is still not enough.

Have you ever thought of shifting your career or finding other jobs that offer a higher salary than what you’re currently earning?

Are you wondering what jobs offer the highest salary or income in the Philippines?

Based on the result of the survey that was released by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) early this year, the top 10 highest paying jobs in the Philippines are the following:

  • P156,823 – Pilots, navigators, and flight engineers
  • P101,471 – Geologists working in construction
  • P99,658 – Graphic designers
  • P76,612 – Art directors
  • P76,550 – Industrial machinery mechanics and fitters
  • P71,849 – Geologists in mining
  • P56,759 – Statisticians
  • 49,646 – Crushing, grinding and chemical-mixing machinery operators
  • P48,270 – Communications service supervisors
  • P47,521 – Production supervisors and general foremen

As you can see, these are indeed high-paying jobs, but it’s not easy to land a job like any of these on the list.

First, you have to enroll in a really good university or college and expect that the tuition/miscellaneous fees for these courses are not a joke (examples are the aviation or geology courses).

It will cost your parents an arm and a leg to send you to these schools unless you are from a wealthy family and money is not an issue or you’re a full scholar.

And after you graduated college, most probably you will start from the lowest position in your industry which means you will get a lower salary during your first few years of employment and it may take a few more years for you to get to the top and finally be included in the list of highest paid professionals.

You know now what jobs are paying well, but how else can you earn a higher income? Or is it possible to earn P30,000, P50,000, P100,000 or more per month?

Well, the answer is YES!

How much do Call Center Employees earn?

If you apply as a Call Center Agent nowadays, most BPO companies will offer you at least P20,000 basic salary especially if you have a previous call center experience.

I used to work in the call center for 7 years. When I started in 2007, my basic salary was just P12,000 per month, but I usually get P6,500 to P7,500 every 15th and 30th day of the month including the Food and Transpo Allowance, Night Diff and OT Pay (if any). In short, my usual take-home pay was around P15,000 a month.

After 3 years of employment with the same company, my salary increased to P25,000 per month plus incentives and commissions since I was transferred to a sales account.

Some of my colleagues who applied in other companies after they resigned from our previous company were being offered a monthly salary of P30,000 to P40,000.

New applicants or fresh graduates nowadays get a salary offer between P15,000 to P20,000 depending on the account.

Higher positions in the call center earn as much as P100,000 or more depending on the position and the company. For example, a call center agent friend who’s been with the company for 2 years is earning P25,000 per month. Another friend who’s been a trainer for 5 years was already earning P35,000 per month. Our site training manager was earning around P60,000 per month. Another site training manager who transferred to another company is now earning P120,000 per month.

In the call center industry, the more skills and experience you have acquired over the years, the higher salary offer you can expect.


So, what happened to me after I resigned from the call center? 

During the last few months of my employment in the call center (2014), I was just receiving around P12,000 every payday, that’s around P25,000 a month net income.

After I resigned, I tried various online gigs. I tried handling workshops and seminars, I tried teaching/consulting at home, I tried offering insurance plans as a Financial Advisor, I tried investing and trading in the stock market and Forex, I tried blogging, and I also tried teaching blogging through my workshops.

How’s my income? Not bad, but it’s still wasn’t enough.

That’s why this year, I committed to focus on blogging in the hope that my income would eventually increase.


How much do I earn from blogging?

And I think my hard work and patience in blogging is slowly paying off. Here’s my blogging income in the last 3 months:

  • June 2017 – $687/ P34,350 (assuming 1USD=50PHP)
  • July 2017 – $702 / P35,100
  • August 2017 – $729 / P36,450

It’s relatively small compared to the earnings of my other blogger friends who continue to push and inspire me to keep blogging.

One of them is earning around P500,000 a month now after 6 years of blogging. Another friend, who just started blogging early last year, is now earning P300,000 per month.

Yes, they’re earning that much!

And they deserve it because they’re working each and every day, publishing valuable blog posts that help and solve people’s problems. But before they earned that much, remember, that they also started small – from a few dollars per month to a few hundred and now a few thousand dollars. And just like every successful person, it took them a lot of hard work and patience to get to where they are now.

I’m taking it slowly in blogging but I’m hopeful that things will turn out better for me too – slowly, but surely.


Why am I sharing this? 

Because I want to let you know that you don’t need to be a Pilot or be a top government official or sell illegal stuff to earn a higher income.

There are many ways to earn money nowadays, and yes, legally.

Blogging is just one of them. I also know other friends who earn a high income as Virtual Assistants. One of my VA friends earn P60,000 per month from just one of her foreign clients and she has other clients too.

A Filipino Copywriter earns P1-2 Million per month

In a meetup session that I attended a few months ago, I met a Professional Copywriter (someone who writes a sales copy or newsletters for brands or businesses in other countries), and guess what??? He’s earning around P1-2 million per month.

Yes, millions of pesos of earnings per month as a copywriter and he do it online. He’s a Filipino and he’s a very humble and talented guy who also used to work as a call center agent before he learned about freelancing. And now he’s one of the most sought-after and highest-paid copywriters in the online marketing space.

How about running a business?

Running a business has also made a lot of people successful and now earning a good amount of income. If you have entrepreneurial skills, then maybe it’s time for you to pursue that dream business earn a high income eventually.


I may have shared a lot about money in this article, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the only thing I care about. I always believe that the amount of money you earn reciprocates the value that you give to others (in my case, that’s the valuable articles that I share in my blogs).

I know that the more valuable blog posts I write, I can reach and help more people, and I can expect my revenues to go up as well. And I agree that when you do good to others, things will turn out good (or even better) in return.

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