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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Malaysia 2020

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
6,490 MYR
( 77,800 MYR yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Malaysia typically earns around 6,490 MYR per month. Salaries range from 3,100 MYR (lowest average) to 11,600 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering 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
All Rounder5,870 MYR
Assistant Executive Housekeeper4,990 MYR
Assistant Food and Beverage Director9,200 MYR
Assistant Hospitality Manager10,100 MYR
Assistant Storekeeper4,130 MYR
Assistant Tour Manager6,730 MYR
Baker and Pastrycook5,140 MYR
Bakery Manager7,110 MYR
Bakery Superintendent5,820 MYR
Banquet Manager6,100 MYR
Banquet Server5,140 MYR
Bar Attendant5,190 MYR
Bar Manager7,880 MYR
Bar Supervisor6,270 MYR
Barista5,080 MYR
Bartender5,450 MYR
Bellman4,150 MYR
Beverage Manager7,280 MYR
Bistro Attendant4,890 MYR
Buffet Chef6,680 MYR
Buffet Host4,450 MYR
Buffet Manager7,530 MYR
Butcher and Slaughterer4,360 MYR
Cafeteria Manager6,850 MYR
Cake Decorator5,240 MYR
Casino Shift Manager8,970 MYR
Chain Store Customer Support6,290 MYR
Chef6,100 MYR
Club Manager8,240 MYR
Cluster Director9,980 MYR
Cluster Revenue Manager8,820 MYR
Cocktail Server4,600 MYR
Coffee Shop Manager8,330 MYR
Concierge4,700 MYR
Confectionery Baker5,340 MYR
Conference Services Manager7,020 MYR
Cook6,030 MYR
Corporate Sous Chef7,810 MYR
Corporate Travel Consultant6,780 MYR
Croupier5,690 MYR
Culinary Assistant4,990 MYR
Culinary Associate5,540 MYR
Dietary Aide6,150 MYR
Dining Room Supervisor6,850 MYR
Dishwasher3,230 MYR
Duty Manager7,560 MYR
Events Coordinator6,450 MYR
Executive Chef6,990 MYR
Executive Pastry Chef5,910 MYR
Fast Food Cook6,210 MYR
Fast Food Shift Supervisor6,650 MYR
Fine Dining Cook6,920 MYR
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef7,710 MYR
Fleet Manager7,940 MYR
Food and Beverage Manager8,060 MYR
Food Consultant8,710 MYR
Food Safety Coordinator7,360 MYR
Food Server4,450 MYR
Food Service Director8,280 MYR
Food Service Manager8,750 MYR
Food Service Sales7,500 MYR
Food Service Worker4,650 MYR
Front Desk Agent5,790 MYR
Front Office Manager7,280 MYR
Guest Service Executive9,040 MYR
Guest Service Representative5,940 MYR
Head Concierge6,090 MYR
Hospitality Director12,300 MYR
Hostess / Host5,940 MYR
Hotel Desk Clerk4,740 MYR
Hotel Maid3,360 MYR
Hotel Manager11,700 MYR
Hotel Sales Manager9,680 MYR
Hotel Service Supervisor8,340 MYR
Hotel Staff6,060 MYR
Inventory Coordinator5,340 MYR
Kitchen Manager6,640 MYR
Kitchen Staff5,280 MYR
Kitchen Supervisor6,070 MYR
Line Cook6,290 MYR
Luggage Porter3,040 MYR
Motel Manager8,160 MYR
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant3,940 MYR
Production Operator4,040 MYR
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator5,310 MYR
Receptionist5,960 MYR
Regional Restaurant Manager9,970 MYR
Restaurant Manager9,480 MYR
Room Reservations Manager8,840 MYR
Room Service Manager8,240 MYR
Sous Chef6,270 MYR
Supervisor of Food Services7,510 MYR
Tour Consultant6,880 MYR
Travel Agent6,620 MYR
Travel Consultant7,160 MYR
Waiter / Waitress4,550 MYR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution monthly Malaysia Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Malaysia range from 3,100 MYR per month (minimum average salary) to 11,600 MYR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,360 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 6,360 MYR while the other half are earning more than 6,360 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 4,260 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,260 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 8,810 MYR while 25% are earning more than 8,810 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?

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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?

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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 39,400 Malaysian Ringgit(s) to 118,000 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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 earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

6,030 MYR
6,990 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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

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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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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is considered to be a low 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.

74% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering 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.

Private Sector
7,550 MYR
Public Sector+9%
8,220 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Forecast and Trend in Malaysia

How do Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
5,810 MYR
Average Salary 2017+4%
6,020 MYR
Average Salary 2018+2%
6,160 MYR
Average Salary 2019+3%
6,370 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Malaysia are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in Malaysia

37 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 37 MYR. This means that the average person in Malaysia earns approximately 37 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 18% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang5,900 MYR
Ipoh6,930 MYR
Johor Bahru6,530 MYR
Klang6,020 MYR
Kota Kinabalu6,440 MYR
Kuala Lumpur7,030 MYR
Kuching6,300 MYR
Petaling Jaya6,830 MYR
Shah Alam6,690 MYR
Subang Jaya6,140 MYR
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