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 salaries in Malaysia range from 2,430 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 8,380 MYR per month (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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.
|Certificate or Diploma||+18%|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
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.
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 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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Advertising Account Executive||8,160 MYR||+55%|
|Advertising Account Manager||6,130 MYR||+16%|
|Advertising Account Planner||6,030 MYR||+14%|
|Advertising Coordinator||7,140 MYR||+35%|
|Advertising Manager||9,780 MYR||+86%|
|Advertising Operations Manager||8,420 MYR||+60%|
|Advertising Strategic Planner||6,750 MYR||+28%|
|Advertising Team Leader||6,990 MYR||+33%|
|Art Director||7,780 MYR||+48%|
|Assistant Art Director||6,580 MYR||+25%|
|Audiosual Technician||5,900 MYR||+12%|
|Broadcast Administrator||7,680 MYR||+46%|
|Catering Sales||5,420 MYR||+3%|
|Catering Trainer||7,880 MYR||+49%|
|Commercial and Industrial Designer||5,730 MYR||+9%|
|Conference Organiser||5,910 MYR||+12%|
|Content and Media Production Lead||7,430 MYR||+41%|
|Creative Designer||7,940 MYR||+51%|
|Creative Director||8,160 MYR||+55%|
|Desktop Publisher||5,230 MYR||-1%|
|Director of Graphic Design||7,880 MYR||+49%|
|Events and Promotions Manager||8,520 MYR||+62%|
|Exhibit Display Coordinator||6,390 MYR||+21%|
|Exhibit Display Manager||7,710 MYR||+46%|
|Graphic Artist||7,730 MYR||+47%|
|Graphic Designer||5,270 MYR||-0%|
|Graphics Design Supervisor||6,660 MYR||+26%|
|Imagery Analyst||5,310 MYR||+1%|
|Imaging Technologist||5,480 MYR||+4%|
|Interaction Designer||4,840 MYR||-8%|
|Media Planner||6,820 MYR||+29%|
|Media Production Coordinator||6,450 MYR||+22%|
|Media Production Manager||6,480 MYR||+23%|
|Media Project Manager||7,190 MYR||+36%|
|Media Relations Representative||8,300 MYR||+57%|
|Media Sales Executive||8,670 MYR||+64%|
|Multimedia Specialist||5,580 MYR||+6%|
|PPC Campaign Manager||7,680 MYR||+46%|
|Print Production Manager||7,400 MYR||+40%|
|Product and Brand Manager||9,390 MYR||+78%|
|Sales Promotion Manager||8,810 MYR||+67%|
|Sketch Artist||5,840 MYR||+11%|
|Social Media Executive||8,680 MYR||+65%|
|Technical Typist||6,290 MYR||+19%|
|User Experience UX Designer||6,310 MYR||+20%|
|UX Designer||5,350 MYR||+1%|
|Johor Bahru||5,660 MYR|
|Kota Kinabalu||5,390 MYR|
|Kuala Lumpur||5,740 MYR|
|Petaling Jaya||6,020 MYR|
|Shah Alam||5,870 MYR|
|Subang Jaya||5,290 MYR|