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 salaries in Malaysia range from 3,160 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 9,050 MYR per month (maximum 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+23%|
|5 - 10 Years||+42%|
|10 - 15 Years||+17%|
|15 - 20 Years||+10%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Boat Builder and Shipwright||3,180 MYR||-47%|
|Building Administrator||2,880 MYR||-52%|
|Building Contracts Manager||9,790 MYR||+64%|
|Building Inspector||2,620 MYR||-56%|
|Building Monitor||2,040 MYR||-66%|
|Building Sales Manager||8,630 MYR||+45%|
|Civil Engineer||5,950 MYR||-0%|
|Civil Technician||2,990 MYR||-50%|
|Construction and Maintenance Manager||4,750 MYR||-20%|
|Construction Assistant||2,550 MYR||-57%|
|Construction Coordinator||3,420 MYR||-43%|
|Construction Estimator||3,920 MYR||-34%|
|Construction Field Engineer||5,450 MYR||-8%|
|Construction General Manager||11,300 MYR||+90%|
|Construction Inventory Officer||2,210 MYR||-63%|
|Construction Operations Manager||10,200 MYR||+71%|
|Construction Project Coordinator||6,240 MYR||+5%|
|Construction Project Engineer||6,240 MYR||+5%|
|Construction Project Manager||11,200 MYR||+88%|
|Construction Project Planner||5,820 MYR||-2%|
|Construction Quality Control Manager||8,380 MYR||+41%|
|Construction Safety Officer||3,920 MYR||-34%|
|Construction Superintendent||4,040 MYR||-32%|
|Construction Supervisor||5,820 MYR||-2%|
|Construction Technical Assistant||2,320 MYR||-61%|
|Construction Technical Officer||2,730 MYR||-54%|
|Construction Technical Writer||2,400 MYR||-60%|
|Construction Technician||2,140 MYR||-64%|
|Crane and Tower Operator||2,160 MYR||-64%|
|Diesel Mechanic||2,030 MYR||-66%|
|Drywall Installer||2,280 MYR||-62%|
|Electrical Draftsman||2,240 MYR||-62%|
|Electrical Engineering Supervisor||7,000 MYR||+18%|
|Electrical Engineering Technician||2,670 MYR||-55%|
|Elevator Installer and Repairer||2,860 MYR||-52%|
|Excavator Operator||2,210 MYR||-63%|
|Floor Finisher||2,450 MYR||-59%|
|Floor Manager||3,400 MYR||-43%|
|Frame and Truss Detailer||2,020 MYR||-66%|
|Furniture Finisher||2,060 MYR||-65%|
|Gas Technician||1,920 MYR||-68%|
|Health and Safety Coordinator||2,760 MYR||-54%|
|Health and Safety Officer||2,850 MYR||-52%|
|Installation Manager||7,370 MYR||+24%|
|Insulation Installer||2,130 MYR||-64%|
|Land Surveyor||2,910 MYR||-51%|
|Lift Technician||2,180 MYR||-63%|
|Material Tester||3,070 MYR||-48%|
|Model Maker||3,180 MYR||-47%|
|Order Picker||1,880 MYR||-68%|
|Pipe Layer||1,750 MYR||-71%|
|Property Coordinator||5,250 MYR||-12%|
|Purchasing Manager||7,130 MYR||+20%|
|Quantity Surveyor||3,920 MYR||-34%|
|Roof Slater and Tiler||1,920 MYR||-68%|
|Sheet Metal Mechanic||2,180 MYR||-63%|
|Site Clerk||2,020 MYR||-66%|
|Site engineer||5,340 MYR||-10%|
|Site Leader||9,900 MYR||+66%|
|Stock Controller||2,950 MYR||-50%|
|Structural Steel Construction Worker||2,300 MYR||-61%|
|Technical Draughtsman||2,450 MYR||-59%|
|Tendering Manager||9,460 MYR||+59%|
|Tower Crane Operator||2,120 MYR||-64%|
|Wall and Floor Tiler||2,060 MYR||-65%|
|Warehouse Manager||6,720 MYR||+13%|
|Welding Superintendent||2,470 MYR||-59%|
|Johor Bahru||6,050 MYR|
|Kota Kinabalu||6,140 MYR|
|Kuala Lumpur||6,510 MYR|
|Petaling Jaya||6,300 MYR|
|Shah Alam||6,600 MYR|
|Subang Jaya||6,080 MYR|