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Average Salary in Malaysia 2018

How much money does a person working in Malaysia make?

7,387 MYR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Malaysia typically earns around 7,387 MYR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Malaysia | All Jobs

25% of people earn
3,220 MYR
or less
50% of people earn
5,000 MYR
or less
75% of people earn
8,400 MYR
or less
800 MYR
5,000 MYR
83,333 MYR

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Malaysia range between 800 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 83,333 MYR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 5,000 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 5,000 MYR while the other half are earning more than 5,000 MYR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph, with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two similar values: the 25th and 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 3,220 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,220 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 8,400 MYR while 25% of them are earning more than 8,400 MYR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should I be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median, then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you. You have plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. Luckily for you, we have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Malaysia

How are Malaysia salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in Malaysia over the past few years.

Average Salary 2015    =  
6,920 MYR
Average Salary 2016    +2%  
7,059 MYR
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
7,257 MYR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
7,387 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Malaysia are on the rise in the year 2018 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2018 are 2% higher than those of 2017. The trend suggests a slow yet slow continous increase in pay in 2019 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia | All Jobs

38 MYR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia | All Jobs is 38 MYR. This means that the average person in Malaysia earns approximatly 38 MYR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage, the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and is considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By Job Category (Average Monthly Salary)

Job CategoryAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance6,281 MYR
Administration / Reception / Secretarial3,301 MYR
Advertising / Grapic Design / Event Management5,959 MYR
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense9,766 MYR
Architecture5,335 MYR
Automotive5,006 MYR
Banking7,233 MYR
Bilingual3,600 MYR
Business Planning7,018 MYR
Care Giving and Child Care4,000 MYR
Cleaning and Housekeeping900 MYR
Construction / Building / Installation6,173 MYR
Counseling4,325 MYR
Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers2,182 MYR
Customer Service and Call Center4,101 MYR
Electrical and Electronics Trades4,753 MYR
Engineering7,316 MYR
Environmental5,484 MYR
Executive and Management12,909 MYR
Facilities / Maintenance / Repair4,634 MYR
Factory and Manufacturing6,617 MYR
Fashion and Apparel11,167 MYR
Fitness / Hair / Beauty1,100 MYR
Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering5,227 MYR
Gardening / Farming / Fishing2,500 MYR
Government and Defence15,060 MYR
Health and Medical7,817 MYR
Human Resources6,794 MYR
Import and Export2,833 MYR
Independent Jobs4,583 MYR
Information Technology7,780 MYR
Insurance9,753 MYR
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire6,658 MYR
Legal7,605 MYR
Marketing6,352 MYR
Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment4,896 MYR
Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining12,911 MYR
Pet Care3,184 MYR
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology12,752 MYR
Public Relations5,997 MYR
Publishing and Printing5,333 MYR
Purchasing and Inventory7,123 MYR
Quality Control and Compliance6,192 MYR
Real Estate15,181 MYR
Recreation and Sports6,000 MYR
Sales Retail and Wholesale5,803 MYR
Science and Technical Services7,163 MYR
Teaching / Education6,741 MYR
Telecommunication10,070 MYR

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Salary Comparison By City (Average Monthly Salary)

CityAverage Salary
Ampang4,106 MYR
Ipoh5,463 MYR
Johor Bahru5,919 MYR
Klang5,462 MYR
Kota Kinabalu4,615 MYR
Kuala Lumpur8,712 MYR
Kuching4,890 MYR
Other6,115 MYR
Petaling Jaya5,978 MYR
Shah Alam5,800 MYR
Subang Jaya5,848 MYR

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