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Nurse Average Salary in Malaysia 2021

How much money does a Nurse make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
5,200 MYR
( 62,400 MYR yearly)


A person working as a Nurse in Malaysia typically earns around 5,200 MYR per month. Salaries range from 2,650 MYR (lowest) to 8,010 MYR (highest).

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

Nurse Salary Distribution in Malaysia

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

  • Salary Range

    Nurse salaries in Malaysia range from 2,650 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 8,010 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,100 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Nurse(s) are earning less than 5,100 MYR while the other half are earning more than 5,100 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 Nurse(s) are earning less than 3,490 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,490 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Nurse(s) are earning less than 6,420 MYR while 25% are earning more than 6,420 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

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

A Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,970 MYR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,880 MYR per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 5,440 MYR per month, 40% 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, Nurse(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,540 MYR per month, 20% 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 7,100 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 7,660 MYR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Nurse average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
2,970 MYR
2 - 5 Years+31%
3,880 MYR
5 - 10 Years+40%
5,440 MYR
10 - 15 Years+20%
6,540 MYR
15 - 20 Years+9%
7,100 MYR
20+ Years+8%
7,660 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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Nurse Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Nurse is 3,670 MYR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 6,510 MYR per month, 77% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Nurse average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

Bachelor's Degree
3,670 MYR
Master's Degree+77%
6,510 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 32,900 Malaysian Ringgit(s) to 98,800 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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Nurse Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Nurse
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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 Nurse employees in Malaysia earn 10% less than their female counterparts on average.

4,940 MYR
5,490 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Nurse Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

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


Nurse(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 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

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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Malaysia for the year 2020. 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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Nurse Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

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

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Nurse 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 Nurse 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.

Nurse VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Nurse and Health and Medical monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Nurse is 18% less than that of Nursing. Also, Nursing salaries are 35% less than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acute Care Nurse6,060 MYR+17%
Assistant Director of Nursing9,310 MYR+79%
Case Manager7,500 MYR+44%
Company Nurse4,330 MYR-17%
Critical Care Nurse5,660 MYR+9%
District Nurse5,190 MYR-0%
Head Nurse6,260 MYR+20%
Home Nurse5,200 MYR=
ICU Registered Nurse5,530 MYR+6%
Informatics Nurse Specialist5,640 MYR+8%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)5,150 MYR-1%
MDS Coordinator5,950 MYR+14%
Mental Health Nurse5,380 MYR+3%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner7,830 MYR+51%
Nurse5,200 MYR=
Nurse Midwife6,440 MYR+24%
Nurse Practitioner6,240 MYR+20%
Nursing Assistant4,700 MYR-10%
Nursing Coordinator6,320 MYR+22%
Nursing Director11,900 MYR+130%
Nursing Services Instructor5,880 MYR+13%
Nursing Supervisor8,080 MYR+55%
Occupational Health Advisor10,400 MYR+100%
Occupational Therapist8,080 MYR+55%
Personal Support Worker3,960 MYR-24%
Psychiatric Nurse5,150 MYR-1%
Registered Nurse5,100 MYR-2%
Respiratory Manager10,700 MYR+110%
School Nurse4,990 MYR-4%
Staff Nurse5,040 MYR-3%
Theatre Manager8,630 MYR+66%
Utilization Review Nurse5,820 MYR+12%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang4,710 MYR
Ipoh5,340 MYR
Johor Bahru5,410 MYR
Klang4,670 MYR
Kota Kinabalu5,430 MYR
Kuala Lumpur5,860 MYR
Kuching5,170 MYR
Petaling Jaya5,570 MYR
Shah Alam5,300 MYR
Subang Jaya4,940 MYR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Malaysia earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
6,310 MYR
Public Sector+9%
6,880 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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