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Architect Average Salary in Malaysia 2019

How much money does an Architect make in Malaysia?

5,510 MYR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as an Architect in Malaysia typically earns around 5,510 MYR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Architect salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Architect Salary Distribution in Malaysia

25% of people earn
4,100 MYR
or less
50% of people earn
4,950 MYR
or less
75% of people earn
6,100 MYR
or less
2,500 MYR
4,950 MYR
14,000 MYR

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Architect salaries in Malaysia range between 2,500 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 14,000 MYR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 4,950 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Architect are earning less than 4,950 MYR while the other half are earning more than 4,950 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 people working as Architect are earning less than 4,100 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,100 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Architect are earning less than 6,100 MYR while 25% are earning more than 6,100 MYR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Architect Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
3,765 MYR
2 - 5 Years    +34%  
5,030 MYR
5 - 10 Years    +46%  
7,330 MYR
10 - 15 Years    +17%  
8,595 MYR
15 - 20 Years    +27%  
10,895 MYR
20+ Years    +12%  
12,160 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Architect salaries by experience level. An Architect with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 3,765 MYR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 5,030 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 7,330 MYR per month, 46% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Architect(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 8,595 MYR per month, 17% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 10,895 MYR per month, 27% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 12,160 MYR per month, 12% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Architect Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
5,260 MYR
Bachelor's Degree    +35%  
7,100 MYR
Master's Degree    +69%  
11,988 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Architect salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of an Architect is 5,260 MYR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 7,100 MYR per month, 35% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 11,988 MYR per month, 69% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Architect Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
5,014 MYR
Male    +18%  
5,895 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Architect employees in Malaysia earn 18% more than their female counterparts.

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
4,738 MYR
Public Sector    +30%  
6,171 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Architect employees in Malaysia earn 30% more than their private sector counterparts.

Architect Salary Trend and Forecast in Malaysia

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

Average Salary 2016    =  
5,192 MYR
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
5,337 MYR
Average Salary 2018    +1%  
5,412 MYR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
5,510 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Architect salaries in Malaysia are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Architect Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia

28 MYR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia for Architect is 28 MYR. This means that the average Architect in Malaysia earns approximatly 28 MYR for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison of Architecture Jobs in Malaysia

5,510 MYR
5,289 MYR
7,378 MYR
Average Salary
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs
We compared Malaysia salaries for Architect, Architecture, and All Jobs and we found that Architect salaries are 4% more than those of Architecture. We also found out that Architecture salaries are 28% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Architect5,510 MYR=
Architectural Designer5,092 MYR-8%
Architectural Drafter2,550 MYR-54%
Architectural Manager12,629 MYR+129%
CAD Drafter3,263 MYR-41%
Design / Decoration Assistant2,025 MYR-63%
Drafter1,200 MYR-78%
Facilities / Project Manager5,000 MYR-9%
Interior Designer3,629 MYR-34%
Junior Architect3,000 MYR-46%
Landscape Architect3,800 MYR-31%
Mechanical Drafter4,000 MYR-27%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kuala Lumpur5,365 MYR
Petaling Jaya6,000 MYR
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