The subject of how much a virtual boss should pay a Filipino virtual assistant has been the center of much controversy and discussion. On one hand, we have outsourcing pros like Chris C. Ducker of Virtual Business Lifestyle and James Wedmore of Video Traffic Academy saying that you can pay your virtual assistant as low as $2.50 per hour.
(Note: Chris has updated his post on Filipino virtual assistant rates. According to him, you can hire a a general virtual assistant on a full time basis for as low as $500 a month or $3.125 per hour)
Then we have established Filipino virtual assistants who charge as little as $7 per hour and as much as $35 per hour. These VAs are able to charge more because they have gone from “employee” to “business owner”. They have adopted the entrepreneurial mindset and invested in themselves by training under more established, foreign virtual assistants like Michelle Dale, Tina Forsyth, and Alicia Rittenhouse. They are no longer just virtual assistants – they’re project managers and online business managers. They are paid for the value they add to the organization or business.
And then there’s a another group of outsourcers who think that Filipino virtual assistants work for peanuts. You can often see them lurking in Craigslist, offering to pay as low as $1 per hour. While I cringe at the thought of it, the sad truth is this: many Filipinos, desperate to get a job, take on the $1 per hour rate just to put food on the table.
Given these differences, it’s no wonder that someone seeking to hire a virtual admin assistant can become confused on what’s the rate to give to a VA.
How much should you pay your virtual assistant from the Philippines?
My intention for this post is to calculate the per hourly rate of a virtual admin assistant from the Philippines doing purely admin work with about 1 to 4 years of experience. I’m going to base it on current labor rules and practices here in the Philippines. I will take into account the benefits received by full-time employees here since I doubt anyone would resign their full-time jobs to become a virtual assistant if the salary offered is not within the industry average.
Here’s what I came up with:
As you can see, the minimum hourly rate I got for a virtual admin assistant with 1 to 4 years experience is $2.84 per hour. The average rate is $3.48 per hour. The high-end rate is $4 per hour. It’s pretty much within the updated rates that Chris has in his blog post. You can check out my computations below.
Please note that this rate is applicable only to virtual admin assistants. The rate is different if you’re going to hire a virtual assistant that specializes in graphic design, WordPress, SEO, or social media.
Judging from my computation above, a $4 an hour rate for your Filipino virtual assistant is just about right, not to mention “fair.” Happy outsourcing!
- JobStreet.com Salary Report for Virtual Assistant from the Philippines
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- Commission on Audit’s Manpower Resource Table