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8 Women Talk About Their Current Incomes: Are They Paid Fairly?

How does one determine what a 'fair' income is?
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In an ideal world, money wouldn't be the taboo topic it is now. We'd all know what the average incomes are in every industry, people wouldn't be so afraid of disclosing their salaries, and we wouldn't have to constantly ask ourselves: Are we earning what we deserve?

Still, we wanted to know where millennials are at in their relationship with money, so Cosmopolitan talked to eight 20-something women to find out if, in their opinion, they're actually being paid fairly. 

Gema, 27 / Industry: Investment Banking / Income: P26,000

"My job involves trade support, confirmation, allocation, and client services. When I look at other people who have the same role in a different company, I don't think I'm paid fairly. Some are paid as much as double of what I'm earning. My office is in Quezon City and other companies are located in BGC and Makati and I don't know if location has anything to do with the [pay disparity]."

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Donnaloo / Industry: Creative Designer in digital / Income: P48,000-P50,000

"Yes, I think I'm paid fairly. I get to go home around 6 to 7 p.m. If my workload isn't heavy, I have an option to work from home sometimes. I get to mentor juniors, which I like. There are times when I have to come in extra early or stay behind because of tight deadlines and shoots, but it's okay because I love my job."

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Tris, 28 / Industry: Architecture + Interior Design / Income: Below P20,000

"The work architects and designers do is a myriad of things—project management, supplier coordination, client relations, site visits, construction documentation; design is a really small part of the job. For the amount of work and time put into what I do, I am definitely underpaid and under-appreciated. Even as a freelancer, I'm probably not getting paid as much as I would really liked to be paid per project."

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Paula, 30 / Industry: Digital Marketing / Income: P80,000-P90,000

"I am a Digital Marketer, SEO Specialist, and Analyst. Here in the Philippines, I think I am paid fairly. I can buy what I need, want, and love (and even have enough money to save for emergencies). However, if I compare my paycheck to that of an average US-based Junior Digital Marketing Specialist (who earns between $40,000 - $59,000 annually)—I can say that I am still underpaid. If I were paid that much, I'd plan a Eurotrip every year!"

Dina, 28 / Industry: Engineering / Income: P35,000-P40,000

"I'm not paid fairly. I'm an Assistant Engineer. I literally have to assist a more senior engineer, but since a lot of people recently left the company, I had to take on responsibilities that are beyond my current role. My head engineer likes to pass certain tasks to me when he can easily do it himself (it's literally things like helping him send an email). He's also taken long breaks and has called me to do his work for him. I guess that's what most assistants have to go through, but I don't think it's fair especially since I already have so much on my plate." 

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Kate, 23 / Industry: Public Relations / Income: P30,000

"I feel like I'm being paid fairly considering I work for a relatively young company that's transitioning into a corporation. It really isn't much compared to my friends who work for multinational companies or banks, which at times can be extremely frustrating because this is a salary I've worked three years to reach—but everyone goes at their own paces, right? I have my own financial goals that are a priority to me this year, and one of them is hitting the pay grade I know I deserve."

Maddy, 29 / Industry: Digital Marketing / Income: P50,000-P60,000

"At its most basic, what I do is write about products, help conceptualize and execute digital campaigns, and oversee writers who produce content for the channels we work in. I love what I'm doing, and having previously worked in an industry that is notorious for its less-than-ideal compensation packages, I'm happy with what I'm making right now. While I do think that I'm being paid pretty fairly for the work I'm expected to do, I also think that if we (and I'm making a sweeping generalization here) continue with the typical lifestyle adjustments that come with certain salaries, or even with just the passing of time, it's only natural that we're going to think about needing or wanting more—a topic for a completely different article, if you ask me."

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Caren, 29 / Industry: Public Relations / Income: P38,000

"Yes, I'm paid fairly. My current salary can pretty much cover my bills and leave a bit for recreational spending. I got used to the ahensya type of paycheck, which from my experience, has always been meager. I moved to a finance company's internal public relations department and so far, I feel like I'm finally earning what I deserve."

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