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Pharmacist Average Salary in Malaysia 2020

How much money does a Pharmacist make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
9,250 MYR
( 111,000 MYR yearly)


A person working as a Pharmacist in Malaysia typically earns around 9,250 MYR per month. Salaries range from 4,620 MYR (lowest) to 14,300 MYR (highest).

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

Pharmacist Salary Distribution in Malaysia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Pharmacist salaries in Malaysia range from 4,620 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 14,300 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,250 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 9,250 MYR while the other half are earning more than 9,250 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 Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 6,240 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 6,240 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 11,800 MYR while 25% are earning more than 11,800 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

Pharmacist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Pharmacist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Pharmacist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 5,550 MYR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 7,340 MYR per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 9,820 MYR per month, 34% 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, Pharmacist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 11,700 MYR per month, 19% 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 12,600 MYR per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 13,600 MYR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pharmacist average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
5,550 MYR
2 - 5 Years+32%
7,340 MYR
5 - 10 Years+34%
9,820 MYR
10 - 15 Years+19%
11,700 MYR
15 - 20 Years+8%
12,600 MYR
20+ Years+7%
13,600 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Pharmacist(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 Pharmacist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Pharmacist is 7,930 MYR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 12,500 MYR per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Pharmacist average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

Bachelor's Degree
7,930 MYR
Master's Degree+58%
12,500 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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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Pharmacist
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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 Pharmacist employees in Malaysia earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

8,930 MYR
9,500 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Pharmacist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

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


Pharmacist(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.

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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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Pharmacist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Pharmacist
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A Pharmacist is considered to be a moderate 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.

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 Pharmacist 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

Pharmacist Salary Trend and Forecast in Malaysia

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

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Average Salary 2016
8,360 MYR
Average Salary 2017+4%
8,660 MYR
Average Salary 2018+3%
8,880 MYR
Average Salary 2019+1%
9,000 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pharmacist 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 1% 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.

Pharmacist Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia

53 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 53 MYR. This means that the average Pharmacist in Malaysia earns approximately 53 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.

Pharmacist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Pharmacist is 10% more than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 7% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist6,520 MYR-29%
Assistant Pharmacy Director12,100 MYR+31%
Associate Medical Affairs Director11,700 MYR+27%
Bioinformatics Scientist10,400 MYR+12%
Bioinformatics Technician7,210 MYR-22%
Biological Scientist12,100 MYR+31%
Biological Technician6,830 MYR-26%
Biomedical Engineer6,790 MYR-27%
Biomedical Engineering Director10,200 MYR+10%
Biostatistician8,050 MYR-13%
Biotechnologist 7,880 MYR-15%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager7,260 MYR-21%
Chemical Process Technician6,570 MYR-29%
Clinical Consultant8,280 MYR-10%
Clinical Data Manager8,990 MYR-3%
Clinical Data Specialist8,040 MYR-13%
Clinical Operations Manager10,100 MYR+9%
Clinical Pharmacist8,540 MYR-8%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist9,580 MYR+4%
Clinical Programmer5,340 MYR-42%
Clinical Project Manager8,140 MYR-12%
Clinical Research Associate7,920 MYR-14%
Clinical Research Manager9,300 MYR+1%
Clinical Study Manager10,300 MYR+11%
Compliance Specialist8,720 MYR-6%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist7,170 MYR-22%
Cytotechnologist7,380 MYR-20%
GCP Auditor8,220 MYR-11%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician7,480 MYR-19%
Manufacturing Engineer7,360 MYR-20%
Medical Affairs Director11,700 MYR+27%
Medical Representative 5,980 MYR-35%
Medical Science Liaison8,410 MYR-9%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist9,570 MYR+3%
Nuclear Pharmacist1,100 MYR-88%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead12,300 MYR+33%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager11,900 MYR+29%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer8,570 MYR-7%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager8,310 MYR-10%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor9,390 MYR+2%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant6,800 MYR-26%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist7,710 MYR-17%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate9,180 MYR-1%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist10,400 MYR+12%
Pharmaceutical Researcher11,500 MYR+24%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager10,700 MYR+16%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager10,800 MYR+17%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative6,470 MYR-30%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager9,200 MYR-1%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader8,990 MYR-3%
Pharmaceutical Technologist6,990 MYR-24%
Pharmacist9,250 MYR+0%
Pharmacy Aide6,720 MYR-27%
Pharmacy Manager12,500 MYR+35%
Pharmacy Stock Controller6,030 MYR-35%
Pharmacy Technician6,110 MYR-34%
Records Management Coordinator5,640 MYR-39%
Shift Encapsulator5,880 MYR-36%
Staff Pharmacist9,070 MYR-2%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang8,320 MYR
Ipoh9,700 MYR
Johor Bahru9,290 MYR
Klang8,620 MYR
Kota Kinabalu8,790 MYR
Kuala Lumpur10,200 MYR
Kuching8,740 MYR
Petaling Jaya9,260 MYR
Shah Alam9,210 MYR
Subang Jaya8,860 MYR
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