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Mental Health Counselor Average Salary in Malaysia 2020

How much money does a Mental Health Counselor make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
8,640 MYR
( 104,000 MYR yearly)


A person working as a Mental Health Counselor in Malaysia typically earns around 8,640 MYR per month. Salaries range from 3,970 MYR (lowest) to 13,700 MYR (highest).

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

Mental Health Counselor Salary Distribution in Malaysia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Mental Health Counselor salaries in Malaysia range from 3,970 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 13,700 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,330 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mental Health Counselor(s) are earning less than 9,330 MYR while the other half are earning more than 9,330 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 Mental Health Counselor(s) are earning less than 5,990 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 5,990 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mental Health Counselor(s) are earning less than 12,500 MYR while 25% are earning more than 12,500 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

Mental Health Counselor Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Mental Health Counselor salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Mental Health Counselor with less than two years of experience makes approximately 4,510 MYR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,020 MYR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 8,910 MYR per month, 48% 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, Mental Health Counselor(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 10,900 MYR per month, 22% 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 11,800 MYR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 12,800 MYR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Mental Health Counselor average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
4,510 MYR
2 - 5 Years+34%
6,020 MYR
5 - 10 Years+48%
8,910 MYR
10 - 15 Years+22%
10,900 MYR
15 - 20 Years+9%
11,800 MYR
20+ Years+8%
12,800 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Mental Health Counselor Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Mental Health Counselor(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 Mental Health Counselor salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Mental Health Counselor is 5,150 MYR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 8,080 MYR per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 13,500 MYR per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Mental Health Counselor average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

Bachelor's Degree
5,150 MYR
Master's Degree+57%
8,080 MYR
13,500 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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Mental Health Counselor Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Mental Health Counselor employees in Malaysia earn 19% more than their female counterparts on average.

7,900 MYR
9,380 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Mental Health Counselor Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Mental Health Counselor(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Mental Health Counselor

Mental Health Counselor(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 18 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

Information Technology

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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Mental Health Counselor Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Mental Health Counselor
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A Mental Health Counselor is considered to be a high 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.

16% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 84% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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

Mental Health Counselor Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia

50 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 50 MYR. This means that the average Mental Health Counselor in Malaysia earns approximately 50 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.

Mental Health Counselor VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Mental Health Counselor and Counseling monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Mental Health Counselor is 19% more than that of Counseling. Also, Counseling salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adoption Services Director9,030 MYR+5%
Alcohol and Drug Counselor7,150 MYR-17%
Assistant Instructor3,280 MYR-62%
Career Counselor8,320 MYR-4%
Consultant8,220 MYR-5%
Director of Rehabilitation Services10,200 MYR+18%
Disability Consultant6,240 MYR-28%
Employment Counselor8,000 MYR-7%
Family Advocate5,720 MYR-34%
Family Services Specialist5,880 MYR-32%
Family Support Specialist8,590 MYR-1%
Family Youth Worker2,700 MYR-69%
Guidance Counselor8,150 MYR-6%
Guidance Director9,790 MYR+13%
Mental Health Counselor8,640 MYR=
Programs Coordinator4,460 MYR-48%
Psychologist10,800 MYR+25%
Supervising Counselor8,770 MYR+2%
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor8,130 MYR-6%
Youth Advocate4,640 MYR-46%
Youth Care Counselor8,320 MYR-4%
Youth Care Specialist4,800 MYR-44%
Youth Development Manager9,900 MYR+15%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang8,140 MYR
Ipoh9,620 MYR
Johor Bahru8,960 MYR
Klang8,200 MYR
Kota Kinabalu9,100 MYR
Kuala Lumpur9,450 MYR
Kuching8,790 MYR
Petaling Jaya9,710 MYR
Shah Alam9,400 MYR
Subang Jaya8,310 MYR
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