Editor’s note: This page has information quoted from Chris Drucker’s excellent Virtual Assistants and Outsourcing Guide.
Factors that affect virtual assistant salary expectations
Although their scope of work might be similar, each VA applicant possesses different
skill sets. One may have more than others. It is important for you to see what
skills the applicants possess that can benefit you and the role you offer.
Each applicant’s length of experience working online can be a huge determinant of
their own salary expectations. A newbie (less than 1-year on the job), for example,
would charge much less than an applicant who has experience of 3-years working
Work Requirement (Full-Time or Part-Time)
Depending on your need, you will either hire for full-time (40 hours per week), or
part-time (20 hours per week). The full-time rate is of course higher while the
part-time rate is usually half the amount of the regular full-time rate. Full-time is
usually 8 hours per day, 5 days a week. And part-time is 4 hours per day, 5 days a
week. Filipino VA’s are accustomed to getting paid on a per month basis, so you can
expect them to have a per month salary rate set as well.
Tasks or Type of Virtual Assistant
The tasks you require for the VA role you are looking to ll are an essential part in
the pricing of VA services. Regular administrative work like email management,
calendar management, social media management, appointment setting,
follow-ups and daily reports are considered to be on the lower level when it comes
to the rates since these tasks are very easy to learn and the tools used are very
common. Training is usually not required for this type of role.
Tasks like bookkeeping or experience in certain tools like Quickbooks, Basecamp,
Infusionsoft, OceAutpilot etc. can be reason enough for VA’s to up their rates. If a
VA has experience in using these specic tools without needing any amount of
training, then this is acceptable.
Current Salaries in the Virtual Assistant market
Aside from the factors mentioned above, VA’s also base their rates on how much
other VA’s charge for the same type of service. Since there is a lot of competition
online, it is also important for VA’s to be aware of how much other virtual employees
with the same expertise, are charging. It is also important for you to know this to
determine if your VA is asking for a reasonable rate.
Contrary to what you may have heard, you cannot get a full-time General VA (or any
type of full-time VA, for that matter!) for $250 USD per month. This is just not possible
nowadays. Four years ago, this might have been the case, but not today, not
even a newbie will work for this rate – and any VA that says they will, we’d suggest
that you not bother wasting your time with them.
Salary rates change from time to time. We don’t really have an exact number of
months to measure when this change occurs, but as time changes, so does the
economy. However, an estimated 12-18 month time frame can be expected before
the average rate in the VA market changes again. This is also the reason why we
keep all our websites fully updated, especially when it concerns information about
salary rates for VA’s.
Here are the most updated average salary rates for the most common types of VA’s,
as they stand at the moment: (feel free to ask if they are still relevant, by emailing us)
*(Programmers, Graphic Designers and Video Editors have the same average rates as Web
Developers) Part-time rates would obviously be 50% of full-time rates. Ultimately, it’s
down to you, as the virtual boss, to decide what you are happy paying for your virtual
Assistant. However, to be able to attract, hire and keep great sta working for you virtually
in the Philippines, you also have to be very aware that the industry has and continues
to change immensely.
- General Virtual Assistant – Full-time, $450-$700 a month
- Article / Content Writers – Full-time, $500-$700 a month
- For blogs or social media content – $500 a month
- Press Releases – $600-800
- EBooks (depending on the niche, number of words and number of
books) – $700-$1000
- SEO Specialist – Full-time, $600-$800 a month
- Web Developer – Full-time, $800-$1000 and up a month
- Graphic Artist – Full- time, $700 -$1000 a month