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Civil Engineer Average Salary in Malaysia 2020

How much money does a Civil Engineer make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
5,950 MYR
( 71,400 MYR yearly)


A person working as a Civil Engineer in Malaysia typically earns around 5,950 MYR per month. Salaries range from 3,160 MYR (lowest) to 9,050 MYR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Civil Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Civil Engineer Salary Distribution in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution monthly Malaysia Civil Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Civil Engineer salaries in Malaysia range from 3,160 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 9,050 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,600 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 5,600 MYR while the other half are earning more than 5,600 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,940 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,940 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 6,880 MYR while 25% are earning more than 6,880 MYR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of 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 and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Civil Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Malaysia Civil Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Civil Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,630 MYR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,450 MYR per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 6,310 MYR per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Civil Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 7,370 MYR per month, 17% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 8,100 MYR per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 8,580 MYR per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Civil Engineer average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
3,630 MYR
2 - 5 Years+23%
4,450 MYR
5 - 10 Years+42%
6,310 MYR
10 - 15 Years+17%
7,370 MYR
15 - 20 Years+10%
8,100 MYR
20+ Years+6%
8,580 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Civil Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Civil Engineer is 4,100 MYR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 7,930 MYR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Civil Engineer average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

Bachelor's Degree
4,100 MYR
Master's Degree+93%
7,930 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Malaysia costs anywhere from 32,900 Malaysian Ringgit(s) to 98,800 Malaysian Ringgit(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Civil Engineer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Civil Engineer employees in Malaysia earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

5,490 MYR
6,250 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Civil Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Civil Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Civil Engineer(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Malaysia / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Malaysia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Malaysia for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Civil Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Civil Engineer
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A Civil Engineer is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

74% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Malaysia earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
6,320 MYR
Public Sector+9%
6,880 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia

34 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 34 MYR. This means that the average Civil Engineer in Malaysia earns approximately 34 MYR for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Civil Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Civil Engineer and Construction / Building / Installation monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Civil Engineer is 56% more than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 42% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator2,700 MYR-55%
Assembler2,170 MYR-64%
Boat Builder and Shipwright3,180 MYR-47%
Bricklayer1,870 MYR-69%
Building Administrator2,880 MYR-52%
Building Contracts Manager9,790 MYR+64%
Building Inspector2,620 MYR-56%
Building Monitor2,040 MYR-66%
Building Sales Manager8,630 MYR+45%
Cabinetmaker2,250 MYR-62%
Carpenter2,580 MYR-57%
Civil Engineer5,950 MYR-0%
Civil Technician2,990 MYR-50%
Concreter1,930 MYR-68%
Construction and Maintenance Manager4,750 MYR-20%
Construction Assistant2,550 MYR-57%
Construction Coordinator3,420 MYR-43%
Construction Estimator3,920 MYR-34%
Construction Field Engineer5,450 MYR-8%
Construction General Manager11,300 MYR+90%
Construction Inventory Officer2,210 MYR-63%
Construction Operations Manager10,200 MYR+71%
Construction Project Coordinator6,240 MYR+5%
Construction Project Engineer6,240 MYR+5%
Construction Project Manager11,200 MYR+88%
Construction Project Planner5,820 MYR-2%
Construction Quality Control Manager8,380 MYR+41%
Construction Safety Officer3,920 MYR-34%
Construction Superintendent4,040 MYR-32%
Construction Supervisor5,820 MYR-2%
Construction Technical Assistant2,320 MYR-61%
Construction Technical Officer2,730 MYR-54%
Construction Technical Writer2,400 MYR-60%
Construction Technician2,140 MYR-64%
Crane and Tower Operator2,160 MYR-64%
Diesel Mechanic2,030 MYR-66%
Drywall Installer2,280 MYR-62%
Electrical Draftsman2,240 MYR-62%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor7,000 MYR+18%
Electrical Engineering Technician2,670 MYR-55%
Electrician3,350 MYR-44%
Elevator Installer and Repairer2,860 MYR-52%
Engineer6,050 MYR+2%
Excavator Operator2,210 MYR-63%
Floor Finisher2,450 MYR-59%
Floor Manager3,400 MYR-43%
Foreman1,710 MYR-71%
Frame and Truss Detailer2,020 MYR-66%
Furniture Finisher2,060 MYR-65%
Gas Technician 1,920 MYR-68%
Handyman1,820 MYR-69%
Health and Safety Coordinator2,760 MYR-54%
Health and Safety Officer2,850 MYR-52%
Installation Manager7,370 MYR+24%
Installer1,860 MYR-69%
Insulation Installer2,130 MYR-64%
Labourer1,650 MYR-72%
Land Surveyor2,910 MYR-51%
Lift Technician2,180 MYR-63%
Material Tester3,070 MYR-48%
Model Maker3,180 MYR-47%
Order Picker1,880 MYR-68%
Painter1,990 MYR-67%
Pipe Layer1,750 MYR-71%
Pipefitter1,800 MYR-70%
Plumber2,210 MYR-63%
Property Coordinator5,250 MYR-12%
Purchasing Manager7,130 MYR+20%
Quantity Surveyor3,920 MYR-34%
Roof Slater and Tiler1,920 MYR-68%
Sheet Metal Mechanic2,180 MYR-63%
Site Clerk2,020 MYR-66%
Site engineer5,340 MYR-10%
Site Leader9,900 MYR+66%
Stock Controller2,950 MYR-50%
Structural Steel Construction Worker2,300 MYR-61%
Technical Draughtsman2,450 MYR-59%
Tendering Manager9,460 MYR+59%
Tower Crane Operator2,120 MYR-64%
Wall and Floor Tiler2,060 MYR-65%
Warehouse Manager6,720 MYR+13%
Welder1,780 MYR-70%
Welding Superintendent2,470 MYR-59%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang5,840 MYR
Ipoh6,630 MYR
Johor Bahru6,050 MYR
Klang5,760 MYR
Kota Kinabalu6,140 MYR
Kuala Lumpur6,510 MYR
Kuching5,810 MYR
Petaling Jaya6,300 MYR
Shah Alam6,600 MYR
Subang Jaya6,080 MYR
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