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Engineering Average Salaries in Malaysia 2021

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Malaysia?


Average Monthly Salary
5,560 MYR
( 66,700 MYR yearly)

LOW
1,760
MYR
AVERAGE
5,560
MYR
HIGH
11,800
MYR

A person working in Engineering in Malaysia typically earns around 5,560 MYR per month. Salaries range from 1,760 MYR (lowest average) to 11,800 MYR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer5,760 MYR
Assembly Engineering Technician4,730 MYR
Assistant Chief Engineer6,400 MYR
Associate Engineer5,190 MYR
Autocad Operator3,850 MYR
Automation Engineer6,170 MYR
Avionic System Support Engineer5,770 MYR
Biochemical Engineer5,390 MYR
BMS Engineer5,610 MYR
Bridge and Lock Tender3,170 MYR
Broadcast Engineer5,630 MYR
CAD Design Engineer5,800 MYR
CAD Designer3,630 MYR
CAE Engineer5,800 MYR
Ceramics Engineer5,400 MYR
Civil Engineer6,280 MYR
Commissioning Engineer5,980 MYR
Communications Engineer6,400 MYR
Condition Monitoring Engineer4,950 MYR
Contract Associate Engineer5,490 MYR
Control Systems Engineer5,860 MYR
Controls Engineer5,630 MYR
Controls Software Engineer5,410 MYR
Corrosion Engineer5,620 MYR
Design Engineer5,810 MYR
Drafter3,520 MYR
Drafting Manager6,660 MYR
Drilling Engineer5,690 MYR
Electrical Draughtsman2,850 MYR
Electrical Engineer6,630 MYR
Electrical Engineering Manager8,080 MYR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist6,030 MYR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,040 MYR
Energy Engineer5,950 MYR
Engine Assembler2,570 MYR
Engineer6,130 MYR
Engineering Account Manager6,820 MYR
Engineering Chief Designer6,500 MYR
Engineering Consultant8,240 MYR
Engineering Key Account Manager8,160 MYR
Engineering Lab Technician5,660 MYR
Engineering Planning Manager8,170 MYR
Engineering Production Manager10,100 MYR
Engineering Project Analyst6,900 MYR
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,990 MYR
Engineering Project Director12,400 MYR
Engineering Project Manager8,220 MYR
Engineering Research and Development Manager9,220 MYR
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,550 MYR
Engineering Sales Manager8,100 MYR
Engineering Technician4,550 MYR
Engineering Technologist4,650 MYR
Environmental Engineer5,860 MYR
Equipment Engineer5,620 MYR
Equipment Engineering Manager7,570 MYR
Estimator4,850 MYR
Fabrication Specialist4,030 MYR
Fabricator2,670 MYR
Facade Engineer5,640 MYR
Fiber Analyst3,470 MYR
Field Engineer6,150 MYR
Field Engineering Manager10,300 MYR
Fire Engineer5,950 MYR
Fitter and Turner1,960 MYR
Forestry Strategic Planner6,690 MYR
Generation Engineer6,180 MYR
Genetic Engineer6,370 MYR
Geological Engineer6,280 MYR
Geotechnical Engineer6,050 MYR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,210 MYR
Highway Engineer5,840 MYR
HSE Professional5,720 MYR
HVAC Engineer6,430 MYR
HVAC Supervisor5,620 MYR
Industrial Engineer5,420 MYR
Industrial Engineering Technologist5,700 MYR
Instrument Engineer5,560 MYR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,850 MYR
Instrumentation Engineer6,030 MYR
Instrumentation Manager5,620 MYR
Irrigation Engineer5,640 MYR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer6,410 MYR
Locomotive Engineer5,700 MYR
Maintenance Engineer5,610 MYR
Maintenance Fitter2,000 MYR
Maintenance Manager6,080 MYR
Manufacturing Engineer5,930 MYR
Marine Engineer5,770 MYR
Materials Engineer5,800 MYR
Materials Researcher5,560 MYR
Materials Technician4,300 MYR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer6,220 MYR
Mechanical Design Engineer6,300 MYR
Mechanical Designer5,250 MYR
Mechanical Engineer6,490 MYR
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,970 MYR
Mechanical Inspector5,930 MYR
Mechatronics Engineer6,110 MYR
Mining Engineer5,900 MYR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer6,580 MYR
Optical Engineer5,690 MYR
Optical Instrument Assembler3,060 MYR
PCB Assembler2,150 MYR
Photonics Engineer6,240 MYR
Photonics Technician5,250 MYR
Pipeline Engineer5,290 MYR
Piping Designer3,230 MYR
Piping Engineer5,620 MYR
Planning Engineer5,940 MYR
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,910 MYR
Principal Cost Engineer5,760 MYR
Principal Engineer5,700 MYR
Principal Support Engineer5,880 MYR
Process Engineer5,560 MYR
Process Operator3,330 MYR
Product Development Engineer6,030 MYR
Product Development Technician4,130 MYR
Product Engineer6,210 MYR
Product Safety Engineer5,490 MYR
Production Engineer5,840 MYR
Project Engineer6,500 MYR
Proposal Manager7,340 MYR
Purchasing Engineer5,180 MYR
Quality Assurance Engineer5,670 MYR
Rail Engineer5,950 MYR
Robotics Engineer6,430 MYR
Robotics Technician4,800 MYR
Safety Engineer6,080 MYR
Safety Inspector4,780 MYR
Safety Manager6,860 MYR
Safety Officer2,950 MYR
Sales Engineer6,550 MYR
Scheduling Engineer5,560 MYR
Service Engineer5,950 MYR
Solar Engineer6,080 MYR
Staff Engineer5,850 MYR
Static Equipment Engineer5,690 MYR
Stationary Engineer5,560 MYR
Stress Engineer5,610 MYR
Structural Analysis Engineer5,510 MYR
Structural Designer5,040 MYR
Structural Engineer5,680 MYR
Structural Technician3,840 MYR
Supply Chain Specialist5,510 MYR
Surveyor4,580 MYR
Technical Affairs Officer2,940 MYR
Technical Assistant2,910 MYR
Technical Engineer5,300 MYR
Technical Support Engineer4,950 MYR
Tender Engineer5,250 MYR
Test Development Engineer5,740 MYR
Transportation Engineer5,380 MYR
Validation Engineer5,140 MYR
Verification Engineer5,770 MYR
Wastewater Engineer6,030 MYR
Wind Energy Engineer5,700 MYR
Wind Energy Operations Manager7,690 MYR
Work Planner4,230 MYR

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Malaysia

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Malaysia range from 1,760 MYR per month (minimum average salary) to 11,800 MYR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,780 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 5,780 MYR while the other half are earning more than 5,780 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,400 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,400 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 9,120 MYR while 25% are earning more than 9,120 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Engineering
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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 employees in Malaysia who work in Engineering earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
5,790 MYR
Female-6%
5,420 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Engineering

Engineering professionals in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Malaysia Engineering
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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 2020

Banking
4%
Energy
8%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
7%
Travel
2%
Construction
6%
Education
1%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Malaysia for the year 2020. 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

46% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
54%
No Bonus
46%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Malaysia


32 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 32 MYR. This means that the average person in Malaysia earns approximately 32 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang5,060 MYR
Ipoh5,940 MYR
Johor Bahru5,600 MYR
Klang5,160 MYR
Kota Kinabalu5,520 MYR
Kuala Lumpur6,020 MYR
Kuching5,400 MYR
Petaling Jaya5,860 MYR
Shah Alam5,730 MYR
Subang Jaya5,260 MYR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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
6,310 MYR
Public Sector+9%
6,880 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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