The public service faces the same challenges of attracting and retaining good employees as the private sector. In order to be able to compete for good employees, the Philippines has passed a salary standardization law to adjust the compensation of government personnel to be competitive with the market rates.

Among the changes, one of it is to increase the compensation of government personnel to at least 70% of the median of the market for all salary grades. The increment of the monthly salary shall be carried out in 4 tranches:

  • 1st Tranche – Starting January 1, 2016
  • 2nd Tranche – Starting January 1, 2017
  • 3rd Tranche – Starting January 1, 2018
  • 4th Tranche – Starting January 1, 2019

The current compensation structure for government personnel has a total of 33 salary grades with a maximum of 8 steps within each grade. Step increment shall be granted based on the employee’s performance and length of service as prescribed in Presidential Decree No. 985.

The monthly salary used in this article are of step 1. To view the increment of all salary grades and steps, please refer to Executive Order No. 201, s. 2016.

Philippine Salary Grade

Benchmark Position Schedule Monthly Salary (Step 1)
Position Title Salary Grade 1st Tranche (2016) 2nd Tranche (2017) 3rd Tranche (2018) 4th Tranche (2019)
Laborer I 1 9,478 9,981 10,510 11,068
Messenger 2 10,159 10,667 11,200 11,761
Clerk I 3 10,883 11,387 11,914 12,466
Driver I 3 10,883 11,387 11,914 12,466
Stenographer I 4 11,658 12,155 12,674 13,214
Mechanic I 4 11,658 12,155 12,674 13,214
Carpenter II 5 12,488 12,975 13,481 14,007
Electrician II 6 13,378 13,851 14,340 14,847
Secretary I 7 14,331 14,785 15,254 15,738
Bookkeeper 8 15,368 15,818 16,282 16,758
Administrative Assistant 8 15,368 15,818 16,282 16,758
Education Research Assistant I 9 16,512 16,986 17,473 17,975
Cashier I 10 17,730 18,217 18,718 19,233
Teacher I 10 17,730 18,217 18,718 19,233
Agrarian Reform Program Technologist 10 17,730 18,217 18,718 19,233
Budget Officer I 11 19,077 19,620 20,179 20,754
Chemist I 11 19,077 19,620 20,179 20,754
Agriculturist I 11 19,077 19,620 20,179 20,754
Social Welfare Officer I 11 19,077 19,620 20,179 20,754
Engineer I 12 20,651 21,387 22,149 22,938
Veterinarian I 13 22,328 23,257 24,224 25,232
Legal Officer I 14 24,141 25,290 26,494 27,755
Nurse I 15 26,192 27,565 29,010 30,531
Administrative Officer II 15 26,192 27,565 29,010 30,531
Dentist II 16 28,417 30,044 31,765 33,584
Postmaster IV 17 30,831 32,747 34,781 36,942
Forester III 18 33,452 35,693 38,085 40,637
Associate Professor I 19 36,409 39,151 42,099 45,269
Rural Health Physician 20 39,768 43,250 47,037 51,155
Information Not Available 21 43,439 47,779 52,554 57,805
Information Not Available 22 47,448 52,783 58,717 65,319
Information Not Available 23 51,826 58,310 65,604 73,811
Information Not Available 24 56,610 64,416 73,299 83,406
Information Not Available 25 61,971 71,476 82,439 95,083
Information Not Available 26 67,690 78,960 92,108 107,444
Information Not Available 27 73,937 87,229 102,910 121,411
Information Not Available 28 80,760 96,363 114,981 137,195
Information Not Available 29 88,214 106,454 128,467 155,030
Member of a Constitutional Commission under Article IX, 1987 Constitution 30 96,354 117,601 143,534 175,184
Chairman of a Constitutional Commission under Article IX, 1987 Constitution 31 117,086 152,325 198,168 257,809
Associate Justices of the Supreme Court 31 117,086 152,325 198,168 257,809
Member of the House of Representatives 31 117,086 152,325 198,168 257,809
Senator 31 117,086 152,325 198,168 257,809
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 32 135,376 177,929 233,857 307,365
Speaker of the House of Representatives 32 135,376 177,929 233,857 307,365
President of the Senate 32 135,376 177,929 233,857 307,365
Vice-President of the Philippines 32 135,376 177,929 233,857 307,365
President of the Philippines 33 160,924 215,804 289,401 388,096

With the increase of salary, the monthly salary of government personnel under grade 1 will increase from the original P9,000 to P11,068 in 2019. As the increment will be implemented in 4 tranches, effective January 1, 2017, their monthly salary were increased to P9,981 then to P10,510 in 2018, and eventually to P11,068 in 2019.

The monthly salary of Teacher I, salary grade 10, was also increased to P18,217 this year. Their monthly salary will be eventually increased to P19,233 in 2019.

Periodic revision of the compensation structure can ensure that the organization, whether public or private, to keep up with the market competition. As technology advances, the jobs evolve. The competencies required for the job also changes. Therefore, regular review of the compensation structure allows the organization to update and reflect these changes.