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Developer / Programmer Average Salary in Malaysia 2020

How much money does a Developer / Programmer make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
7,190 MYR
( 86,300 MYR yearly)


A person working as a Developer / Programmer in Malaysia typically earns around 7,190 MYR per month. Salaries range from 3,310 MYR (lowest) to 11,400 MYR (highest).

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

Developer / Programmer Salary Distribution in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution monthly Malaysia Developer / Programmer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Developer / Programmer salaries in Malaysia range from 3,310 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 11,400 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 7,770 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Developer / Programmer(s) are earning less than 7,770 MYR while the other half are earning more than 7,770 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 Developer / Programmer(s) are earning less than 4,990 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,990 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Developer / Programmer(s) are earning less than 10,400 MYR while 25% are earning more than 10,400 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

Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Malaysia Developer / Programmer
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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 Developer / Programmer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Developer / Programmer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,760 MYR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 5,020 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 7,410 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, Developer / Programmer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 9,040 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 9,850 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 10,700 MYR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Developer / Programmer average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
3,760 MYR
2 - 5 Years+34%
5,020 MYR
5 - 10 Years+48%
7,410 MYR
10 - 15 Years+22%
9,040 MYR
15 - 20 Years+9%
9,850 MYR
20+ Years+8%
10,700 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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Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly Malaysia Developer / Programmer
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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 Developer / Programmer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Developer / Programmer is 4,280 MYR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 6,720 MYR per month, 57% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 11,300 MYR per month, 68% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Developer / Programmer average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

Certificate or Diploma
4,280 MYR
Bachelor's Degree+57%
6,720 MYR
Master's Degree+68%
11,300 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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Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Developer / Programmer
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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 Developer / Programmer employees in Malaysia earn 19% more than their female counterparts.

6,580 MYR
7,810 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Developer / Programmer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

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

Developer / Programmer

Developer / Programmer(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Malaysia Developer / Programmer
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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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Developer / Programmer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Developer / Programmer
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A Developer / Programmer 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.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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

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 Developer / Programmer 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

Developer / Programmer Salary Trend and Forecast in Malaysia

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Malaysia Developer / Programmer
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Average Salary 2016
6,220 MYR
Average Salary 2017+4%
6,450 MYR
Average Salary 2018+4%
6,690 MYR
Average Salary 2019+4%
6,940 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Developer / Programmer 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.

Developer / Programmer Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia

41 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 41 MYR. This means that the average Developer / Programmer in Malaysia earns approximately 41 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.

Developer / Programmer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Developer / Programmer and Information Technology monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Developer / Programmer is 4% more than that of Developers and Programmers. Also, Developers and Programmers salaries are 9% less than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Android Developer6,720 MYR-7%
Angular Developer6,820 MYR-5%
AS400 Programmer7,730 MYR+7%
Avaloq Developer6,610 MYR-8%
BizTalk Developer 7,710 MYR+7%
Build and Release Engineer6,880 MYR-4%
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Business Objects Developer7,210 MYR+0%
C# Developer6,970 MYR-3%
C++ Developer7,780 MYR+8%
CMS Developer6,620 MYR-8%
Curam Developer6,100 MYR-15%
Developer / Programmer7,190 MYR-0%
Flash Developer6,420 MYR-11%
Front End Developer5,910 MYR-18%
Full Stack Developer7,580 MYR+5%
Game Developer6,950 MYR-3%
GIS Developer7,180 MYR-0%
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer6,720 MYR-7%
Graphics Programmer6,850 MYR-5%
Imaging Programmer6,920 MYR-4%
IOS Developer7,500 MYR+4%
Java Developer6,830 MYR-5%
Javascript Developer7,050 MYR-2%
Lead Developer7,510 MYR+4%
Mobile Developer7,280 MYR+1%
Multimedia Developer6,650 MYR-8%
Nodejs Developer7,960 MYR+11%
Oracle Developer8,370 MYR+16%
Perl Developer6,650 MYR-8%
PHP Developer6,380 MYR-11%
Python Developer7,910 MYR+10%
Remedy Developer5,910 MYR-18%
Ruby Developer6,920 MYR-4%
Salesforce Developer5,730 MYR-20%
SAS Programmer7,190 MYR-0%
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Software Development Manager8,840 MYR+23%
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Software Test Engineer6,620 MYR-8%
Teradata Developer6,010 MYR-16%
TIBCO Developer6,720 MYR-7%
User Experience Designer6,990 MYR-3%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang6,530 MYR
Ipoh7,540 MYR
Johor Bahru7,360 MYR
Klang6,250 MYR
Kota Kinabalu6,630 MYR
Kuala Lumpur7,570 MYR
Kuching6,730 MYR
Petaling Jaya7,640 MYR
Shah Alam7,020 MYR
Subang Jaya6,490 MYR
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