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Legal Average Salaries in Malaysia 2019

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

8,651 MYR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Legal in Malaysia typically earns around 8,651 MYR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different Legal jobs. 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
Administrative Law Judge11,738 MYR
Arbitrator9,481 MYR
Associate Attorney8,727 MYR
Attorney11,816 MYR
Bailiff6,985 MYR
Barrister6,106 MYR
Candidate Attorney8,051 MYR
Conciliator7,707 MYR
Contracts Manager9,011 MYR
Contracts Negotiator8,338 MYR
Conveyancing Secretary4,941 MYR
Corporate Counsel8,650 MYR
Counsel7,978 MYR
Court Clerk5,028 MYR
Court Judicial Assistant6,847 MYR
Court Liaison Specialist7,558 MYR
Court Reporter8,631 MYR
Court Representative7,415 MYR
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer12,844 MYR
Immigration Executive12,054 MYR
In House Counsel7,843 MYR
Intellectual Property Specialist8,230 MYR
Judge Advocate11,691 MYR
Law Clerk5,495 MYR
Lawyer11,382 MYR
Legal Administrative Assistant6,005 MYR
Legal Advisor9,877 MYR
Legal Assistant5,463 MYR
Legal Associate6,996 MYR
Legal Consultant9,199 MYR
Legal Counsel9,194 MYR
Legal Editor7,019 MYR
Legal Executive8,821 MYR
Legal Executive Secretary6,249 MYR
Legal IP Officer4,989 MYR
Legal Officer5,655 MYR
Legal Services Director13,635 MYR
Legal Services Manager12,422 MYR
Legal Support Worker4,647 MYR
Legislative Liaison7,040 MYR
Litigation Attorney11,788 MYR
Litigation Paralegal11,329 MYR
Magistrate Judge11,980 MYR
Paralegal11,264 MYR
Patent Attorney11,738 MYR
Staff Attorney10,564 MYR

Legal Jobs Salary Distribution in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution monthly Malaysia Legal

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

The Legal salaries in Malaysia range between 4,744 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 13,362 MYR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 8,651 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Legal are earning less than 8,651 MYR while the other half are earning more than 8,651 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 Legal are earning less than 6,028 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 6,028 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Legal are earning less than 11,007 MYR while 25% are earning more than 11,007 MYR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Legal Salary Forecast and Trend in Malaysia

How do Legal salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Malaysia Legal
Average Salary 2016    =  
8,035 MYR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
8,332 MYR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
8,540 MYR
Average Salary 2019    +1%  
8,651 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Legal salaries in Malaysia are rising in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Legal Hourly Average Wage in Malaysia

50 MYR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia for Legal is 50 MYR. This means that the average person in Malaysia earns approximatly 50 MYR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Legal VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Legal and Legal monthly MalaysiaWe compared Malaysia salaries for Legal and All Jobs and we found that Legal salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang7,870 MYR
Ipoh9,248 MYR
Johor Bahru8,716 MYR
Klang8,024 MYR
Kota Kinabalu8,589 MYR
Kuala Lumpur9,371 MYR
Kuching8,400 MYR
Petaling Jaya9,114 MYR
Shah Alam8,924 MYR
Subang Jaya8,186 MYR
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