Minimum Wage Philippines 2023 in All Regions

The minimum wage in the Philippines is an important topic that affects millions of workers in the country. Prices of basic necessities, especially food, have increased during the pandemic. Many people have been struggling to budget their salaries to keep them going. It’s not easy, since most Filipinos are earning below the minimum.

In this article, we will discuss what the minimum wage is, how it is determined, and the current state of the minimum wage in the Philippines. If you are interested in the daily minimum wage in the Philippines in 2023, you can refer to the table below.


What is the minimum wage?

The minimum wage is the lowest amount of money that an employer is legally required to pay their employees. This wage is set by the government to ensure that workers receive a fair and livable wage for their work. The minimum wage applies to all workers, including full-time, part-time, and contractual workers.

What is the Minimum Wage in 2023 in the Philippines?

In Region 7, there is an additional P31/day reaching the new minimum wage in the Central Visayas to P435. While in Region 4A, an additional P97 making the minimum wage in Calabarzon P470. See the complete list below.

The table shows the daily minimum wage per region in the Philippines for private sectors. (As of March 2023) Regional minimum wage rates are the lowest rates an employer can pay his workers. Here is a minimum wage PDF Copy

RegionWage IncreaseEffectivity DateNew Minimum Wage Range
NCR (Wage Order No. NCR 23)
June 4, 2022
NCR (Updated) Wage Order No. NCR-24 P40July 16, 2023P610
CARP50-P60June 14, 2022P400
Region IP60-P90June 6, 2022P372-P400
Region 2P50-P75June 8, 2022P375-P400
Region 3P40June 20, 2022P344-P460
Region 4AP35 to P50September 24, 2023P385 to P520
Region 4BP35June 10, 2022P329-P355
Region 5P55June 18, 2022P365
Region 6P55-P110June 5, 2022P410-P450
Region 7P33October 1, 2023P420 to P468
Region 8P50June 27, 2022P345-P375
Region 9P35June 25, 2022P338-P351
Region 10P40-P47June 18, 2022P378-P405
Region 11P47-P62June 19, 2022P438-P443
Region 12P32June 9, 2022P347-P368
Region 13P30June 6, 2022P350
BARMMP16July 21, 2022P306-P341

You can compare the difference in the Minimum Wage from the year 2021. Refer to the table below.

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Minimum Wage Philippine 2021

RegionNon- AgricultureAgriculture (Plantation)Agriculture (Non-Plantation)Date of Effectivity
NCR500-537500500November 22, 2018
CAR340-350340-350340-350November 18, 2019
Region 1 282-340295282April 30, 2019
Region 2370345345March 16, 2020
Region 3369-420354-390342-374January 1, 2020
Region 4A317-400303-372303-372April 28, 2018
Region 4B294-320294-320294-320November 27, 2018
Region 5310310310September 21, 2018
Region 6310-395315315November 26, 2019
Region 7356-404351-394351-394January 5, 2020
Region 8325295295August 18, 2019
Region 9316303303July 30, 2018
Region 10343-365331-353331-353November 1, 2018
Region 11396391391August 16, 2018
Region 12336315315February 2, 2020
CARAGA320320320May 1, 2019
BARMM300-325290-300290-300January 1, 2020

Are minimum wage earners exempt from payment of income tax?

YES. They shall be exempt from payment of income tax on their basic minimum wage, including holiday, overtime, night shift differential, and hazard pay.

Why does the Minimum Wage for Different Regions Vary?

Have you thought about why there are different minimum wages in different parts of the country? Why not make it equal so everyone will get the same amount of salary?

According to the National Wages and Productivity Commission, the minimum wage varies per region because there is different economic condition depending on the location of the country. Moreover, the minimum wage depends on the cost of living of the workers based on RA 6727 or the Wage Rationalization Act.

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Source: National Wages and Productivity Commission/ PIA


The minimum wage in the Philippines plays a critical role in ensuring that workers receive fair compensation for their labor. While there are concerns about its adequacy and its impact on the economy, policymakers must carefully consider various factors when setting the minimum wage, including the needs of workers and the economic conditions of the country.

Ultimately, the goal should be to strike a balance between ensuring that workers are paid a fair wage and creating an environment that fosters economic growth and job creation.


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