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Publishing and Printing Average Salaries in Malaysia 2023

How much money does a person working in Publishing and Printing make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
5,970 MYR
( 71,600 MYR yearly)


A person working in Publishing and Printing in Malaysia typically earns around 5,970 MYR per month. Salaries range from 2,740 MYR (lowest average) to 10,800 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 Publishing and Printing 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
Art Director6,470 MYR
Art Supervisor5,890 MYR
Artist6,500 MYR
Assistant Editor4,880 MYR
Associate Content Management Specialist6,410 MYR
Associate Editor5,090 MYR
Binder and Finisher2,800 MYR
Bindery Supervisor3,910 MYR
Circulations Director8,540 MYR
Color Technician3,140 MYR
Commissioning Editor5,250 MYR
Communications Editor5,360 MYR
Content Management Assistant4,880 MYR
Content Writer5,620 MYR
CopyWriter5,880 MYR
Corporate Print Center Specialist4,510 MYR
Curator5,150 MYR
DTP Operator4,880 MYR
Editor5,890 MYR
Electronic Publisher6,330 MYR
Fashion Subeditor5,520 MYR
Media Design Manager9,700 MYR
Media Planner6,580 MYR
Photographer5,060 MYR
Planning and Supply Manager11,300 MYR
Print Production Coordinator4,990 MYR
Print Production Manager10,400 MYR
Printing Press Operator4,850 MYR
Production Editor5,530 MYR
Proofreader4,980 MYR
Publishing and Printing Coordinator4,680 MYR
Publishing and Printing Manager10,100 MYR
Publishing and Printing Supervisor8,330 MYR
Publishing Specialist6,850 MYR
Reporter7,350 MYR
Technical Writer5,980 MYR
Technical Writing Manager8,680 MYR

Publishing and Printing Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution Malaysia Publishing and Printing monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
5,720 MYR or more
10% of people earn
4,950 to 5,720 MYR
20% of people earn
3,250 MYR or less
65% of people earn
3,250 to 4,950 MYR
Minimum Salary
2,740 MYR
5,270 MYR
10,800 MYR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Publishing and Printing salaries in Malaysia range from 2,740 MYR per month (starting average salary) to 10,800 MYR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,270 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Publishing and Printing are earning less than 5,270 MYR while the other half are earning more than 5,270 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 and Salary Scale

    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 Publishing and Printing are earning less than 4,240 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,240 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Publishing and Printing are earning less than 6,190 MYR while 25% are earning more than 6,190 MYR.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 3,250 MYR to 4,950 MYR. Approximatly 20% fall under the 3,250 MYR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 4,950 MYR to 5,720 MYR. Only 5% of people grossed 5,720 MYR or more.

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 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.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Publishing and Printing

Salary comparison by gender Malaysia Publishing and Printing monthly
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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 Publishing and Printing earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

6,140 MYR
5,740 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Publishing and Printing Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

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

Publishing and Printing

Publishing and Printing 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.

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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 2022

Information Technology

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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Publishing and Printing Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Publishing and Printing
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Publishing and Printing is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

52% of surveyed staff in Publishing and Printing reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 48% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.

Publishing and Printing Salary Forecast and Trend in Malaysia

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

Average Salary 2019
5,440 MYR
Average Salary 2020+2%
5,540 MYR
Average Salary 2021+2%
5,660 MYR
Average Salary 2022+3%
5,810 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Publishing and Printing salaries in Malaysia are rising in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 3% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Publishing and Printing Hourly Average Wage in Malaysia

34 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 34 MYR. This means that the average person in Malaysia earns approximately 34 MYR for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

This minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Malaysia is 16 MYR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Publishing and Printing VS Other Jobs

5,970 MYR
6,590 MYR
Average Salary
Publishing and Printing
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Publishing and Printing is 9% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Publishing and Printing and Publishing and Printing monthly Malaysia
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang5,430 MYR
Ipoh6,380 MYR
Johor Bahru6,010 MYR
Klang5,540 MYR
Kota Kinabalu5,930 MYR
Kuala Lumpur6,460 MYR
Kuching5,800 MYR
Petaling Jaya6,290 MYR
Shah Alam6,160 MYR
Subang Jaya5,650 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

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Publishing and Printing in Malaysia?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 5,270 MYR and 6,190 MYR. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Publishing and Printing in Malaysia is ranges from 4,240 MYR to 6,190 MYR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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