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Graphic Designer Average Salary in Malaysia 2020

How much money does a Graphic Designer make in Malaysia?


Average Monthly Salary
5,270 MYR
( 63,200 MYR yearly)

LOW
2,430
MYR
AVERAGE
5,270
MYR
HIGH
8,380
MYR

A person working as a Graphic Designer in Malaysia typically earns around 5,270 MYR per month. Salaries range from 2,430 MYR (lowest) to 8,380 MYR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Graphic Designer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Graphic Designer Salary Distribution in Malaysia

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

  • Salary Range

    Graphic Designer salaries in Malaysia range from 2,430 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 8,380 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,690 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 5,690 MYR while the other half are earning more than 5,690 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 Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 3,650 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,650 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 7,600 MYR while 25% are earning more than 7,600 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

Graphic Designer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Malaysia Graphic Designer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Graphic Designer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Graphic Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,750 MYR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,680 MYR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 5,430 MYR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Graphic Designer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,620 MYR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 7,220 MYR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 7,820 MYR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Graphic Designer average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
2,750 MYR
2 - 5 Years+34%
3,680 MYR
5 - 10 Years+48%
5,430 MYR
10 - 15 Years+22%
6,620 MYR
15 - 20 Years+9%
7,220 MYR
20+ Years+8%
7,820 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Graphic Designer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Graphic Designer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Graphic Designer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Graphic Designer is 3,380 MYR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 3,970 MYR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 5,760 MYR per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 7,550 MYR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Graphic Designer average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

High School
3,380 MYR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
3,970 MYR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
5,760 MYR
Master's Degree+31%
7,550 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Graphic Designer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Graphic Designer
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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 Graphic Designer employees in Malaysia earn 19% more than their female counterparts.

Female
4,820 MYR
Male+19%
5,720 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Graphic Designer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Graphic Designer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Malaysia Graphic Designer
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Malaysia
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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

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 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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Graphic Designer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Graphic Designer
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A Graphic Designer is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.

67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
33%
No Bonus
67%

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Malaysia
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Graphic Designer 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

Graphic Designer Salary Trend and Forecast in Malaysia

How are Graphic Designer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Malaysia Graphic Designer
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Average Salary 2016
4,560 MYR
Average Salary 2017+4%
4,730 MYR
Average Salary 2018+4%
4,900 MYR
Average Salary 2019+4%
5,080 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Graphic Designer salaries in Malaysia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% 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.

Graphic Designer Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia


30 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 30 MYR. This means that the average Graphic Designer in Malaysia earns approximately 30 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.

Graphic Designer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Graphic Designer and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Graphic Designer is 24% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 12% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive8,160 MYR+55%
Advertising Account Manager6,130 MYR+16%
Advertising Account Planner6,030 MYR+14%
Advertising Coordinator7,140 MYR+35%
Advertising Manager9,780 MYR+86%
Advertising Operations Manager8,420 MYR+60%
Advertising Strategic Planner6,750 MYR+28%
Advertising Team Leader6,990 MYR+33%
Animator5,230 MYR-1%
Art Director7,780 MYR+48%
Artist6,920 MYR+31%
Artworker5,280 MYR+0%
Assistant Art Director6,580 MYR+25%
Audiosual Technician5,900 MYR+12%
Broadcast Administrator7,680 MYR+46%
Catering Sales5,420 MYR+3%
Catering Trainer7,880 MYR+49%
Commercial and Industrial Designer5,730 MYR+9%
Conference Organiser5,910 MYR+12%
Content and Media Production Lead7,430 MYR+41%
CopyWriter5,970 MYR+13%
Creative Designer7,940 MYR+51%
Creative Director8,160 MYR+55%
Designer 4,170 MYR-21%
Desktop Publisher5,230 MYR-1%
Director of Graphic Design7,880 MYR+49%
Events and Promotions Manager8,520 MYR+62%
Exhibit Display Coordinator6,390 MYR+21%
Exhibit Display Manager7,710 MYR+46%
Finisher5,240 MYR-1%
Graphic Artist7,730 MYR+47%
Graphic Designer5,270 MYR-0%
Graphics Design Supervisor6,660 MYR+26%
Imagery Analyst5,310 MYR+1%
Imaging Technologist5,480 MYR+4%
Interaction Designer4,840 MYR-8%
Media Planner6,820 MYR+29%
Media Production Coordinator6,450 MYR+22%
Media Production Manager6,480 MYR+23%
Media Project Manager7,190 MYR+36%
Media Relations Representative8,300 MYR+57%
Media Sales Executive8,670 MYR+64%
Multimedia Specialist5,580 MYR+6%
Photographer5,500 MYR+4%
PPC Campaign Manager7,680 MYR+46%
Print Production Manager7,400 MYR+40%
Product and Brand Manager9,390 MYR+78%
Sales Promotion Manager8,810 MYR+67%
Sketch Artist5,840 MYR+11%
Social Media Executive8,680 MYR+65%
Technical Typist6,290 MYR+19%
User Experience UX Designer6,310 MYR+20%
UX Designer5,350 MYR+1%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang4,880 MYR
Ipoh6,040 MYR
Johor Bahru5,660 MYR
Klang4,940 MYR
Kota Kinabalu5,390 MYR
Kuala Lumpur5,740 MYR
Kuching5,240 MYR
Petaling Jaya6,020 MYR
Shah Alam5,870 MYR
Subang Jaya5,290 MYR
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