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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||5,760 MYR|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||4,730 MYR|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||6,400 MYR|
|Associate Engineer||5,190 MYR|
|Autocad Operator||3,850 MYR|
|Automation Engineer||5,990 MYR|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||5,770 MYR|
|Biochemical Engineer||5,390 MYR|
|BMS Engineer||5,610 MYR|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||3,170 MYR|
|Broadcast Engineer||5,630 MYR|
|CAD Design Engineer||5,800 MYR|
|CAD Designer||3,630 MYR|
|CAE Engineer||5,800 MYR|
|Ceramics Engineer||5,400 MYR|
|Civil Engineer||6,280 MYR|
|Commissioning Engineer||5,980 MYR|
|Communications Engineer||6,400 MYR|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||4,950 MYR|
|Contract Associate Engineer||5,490 MYR|
|Control Systems Engineer||5,860 MYR|
|Controls Engineer||5,630 MYR|
|Controls Software Engineer||5,410 MYR|
|Corrosion Engineer||5,620 MYR|
|Design Engineer||5,810 MYR|
|Drafting Manager||6,660 MYR|
|Drilling Engineer||5,690 MYR|
|Electrical Draughtsman||2,850 MYR|
|Electrical Engineer||6,630 MYR|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||8,080 MYR|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||6,030 MYR|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||3,040 MYR|
|Energy Engineer||5,950 MYR|
|Engine Assembler||2,570 MYR|
|Engineering Account Manager||6,820 MYR|
|Engineering Chief Designer||6,500 MYR|
|Engineering Consultant||8,240 MYR|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||8,160 MYR|
|Engineering Lab Technician||5,660 MYR|
|Engineering Planning Manager||8,170 MYR|
|Engineering Production Manager||10,100 MYR|
|Engineering Project Analyst||6,900 MYR|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||6,990 MYR|
|Engineering Project Director||12,400 MYR|
|Engineering Project Manager||8,220 MYR|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||9,220 MYR|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||4,550 MYR|
|Engineering Sales Manager||8,100 MYR|
|Engineering Technician||4,550 MYR|
|Engineering Technologist||4,650 MYR|
|Environmental Engineer||5,860 MYR|
|Equipment Engineer||5,620 MYR|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||7,570 MYR|
|Fabrication Specialist||4,030 MYR|
|Facade Engineer||5,640 MYR|
|Fiber Analyst||3,470 MYR|
|Field Engineer||6,150 MYR|
|Field Engineering Manager||10,300 MYR|
|Fire Engineer||5,950 MYR|
|Fitter and Turner||1,960 MYR|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||6,690 MYR|
|Generation Engineer||6,180 MYR|
|Genetic Engineer||6,370 MYR|
|Geological Engineer||6,280 MYR|
|Geotechnical Engineer||6,050 MYR|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||3,210 MYR|
|Highway Engineer||5,840 MYR|
|HSE Professional||5,720 MYR|
|HVAC Engineer||6,430 MYR|
|HVAC Supervisor||5,620 MYR|
|Industrial Engineer||5,420 MYR|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||5,700 MYR|
|Instrument Engineer||5,560 MYR|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||5,850 MYR|
|Instrumentation Engineer||6,030 MYR|
|Instrumentation Manager||5,620 MYR|
|Irrigation Engineer||5,640 MYR|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||6,410 MYR|
|Locomotive Engineer||5,700 MYR|
|Maintenance Engineer||5,610 MYR|
|Maintenance Fitter||2,000 MYR|
|Maintenance Manager||6,080 MYR|
|Manufacturing Engineer||5,930 MYR|
|Marine Engineer||5,770 MYR|
|Materials Engineer||5,800 MYR|
|Materials Researcher||5,560 MYR|
|Materials Technician||4,300 MYR|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||6,220 MYR|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||6,300 MYR|
|Mechanical Designer||5,250 MYR|
|Mechanical Engineer||6,490 MYR|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||7,970 MYR|
|Mechanical Inspector||5,930 MYR|
|Mechatronics Engineer||6,110 MYR|
|Mining Engineer||5,900 MYR|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||6,580 MYR|
|Optical Engineer||5,690 MYR|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||3,060 MYR|
|PCB Assembler||2,150 MYR|
|Photonics Engineer||6,240 MYR|
|Photonics Technician||5,250 MYR|
|Pipeline Engineer||5,290 MYR|
|Piping Designer||3,230 MYR|
|Piping Engineer||5,620 MYR|
|Planning Engineer||5,940 MYR|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||2,910 MYR|
|Principal Cost Engineer||5,760 MYR|
|Principal Engineer||5,700 MYR|
|Principal Support Engineer||5,880 MYR|
|Process Engineer||5,560 MYR|
|Process Operator||3,330 MYR|
|Product Development Engineer||6,030 MYR|
|Product Development Technician||4,130 MYR|
|Product Engineer||6,210 MYR|
|Product Safety Engineer||5,490 MYR|
|Production Engineer||5,840 MYR|
|Project Engineer||6,500 MYR|
|Proposal Manager||7,340 MYR|
|Purchasing Engineer||5,180 MYR|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||5,670 MYR|
|Rail Engineer||5,950 MYR|
|Robotics Engineer||6,430 MYR|
|Robotics Technician||4,800 MYR|
|Safety Engineer||6,080 MYR|
|Safety Inspector||4,780 MYR|
|Safety Manager||6,860 MYR|
|Safety Officer||2,950 MYR|
|Sales Engineer||6,550 MYR|
|Scheduling Engineer||5,560 MYR|
|Service Engineer||5,950 MYR|
|Solar Engineer||6,080 MYR|
|Staff Engineer||5,850 MYR|
|Static Equipment Engineer||5,690 MYR|
|Stationary Engineer||5,560 MYR|
|Stress Engineer||5,610 MYR|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||5,510 MYR|
|Structural Designer||5,040 MYR|
|Structural Engineer||5,680 MYR|
|Structural Technician||3,840 MYR|
|Supply Chain Specialist||5,510 MYR|
|Technical Affairs Officer||2,940 MYR|
|Technical Assistant||2,910 MYR|
|Technical Engineer||5,300 MYR|
|Technical Support Engineer||4,950 MYR|
|Tender Engineer||5,250 MYR|
|Test Development Engineer||5,740 MYR|
|Transportation Engineer||5,380 MYR|
|Validation Engineer||5,140 MYR|
|Verification Engineer||5,770 MYR|
|Wastewater Engineer||6,030 MYR|
|Wind Energy Engineer||5,700 MYR|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||7,690 MYR|
|Work Planner||4,230 MYR|
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2022. 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.
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.
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.
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 Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.
|Johor Bahru||5,600 MYR|
|Kota Kinabalu||5,520 MYR|
|Kuala Lumpur||6,020 MYR|
|Petaling Jaya||5,860 MYR|
|Shah Alam||5,730 MYR|
|Subang Jaya||5,260 MYR|
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.
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