A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Malaysia typically earns around 5,150 MYR per month. Salaries range from 2,470 MYR (lowest) to 8,090 MYR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Laboratory Technician salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Laboratory Technician salaries in Malaysia range from 2,470 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 8,090 MYR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 5,360 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 5,360 MYR while the other half are earning more than 5,360 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 Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 3,520 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,520 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 6,990 MYR while 25% are earning more than 6,990 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 Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,890 MYR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,100 MYR per month, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 5,390 MYR per month, 31% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,630 MYR per month, 23% 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 7,050 MYR per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 7,720 MYR per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+42%|
|5 - 10 Years||+31%|
|10 - 15 Years||+23%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
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 Laboratory Technician salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 4,550 MYR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 6,510 MYR per month, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Laboratory Technician employees in Malaysia earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.
Laboratory Technician(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 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 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.
A Laboratory Technician 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.
69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% 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.
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 Laboratory Technician is 37% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Academic Clinician||13,100 MYR||+150%|
|Admitting Officer||4,970 MYR||-3%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||5,240 MYR||+2%|
|Ambulance Driver||4,480 MYR||-13%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||5,250 MYR||+2%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||10,000 MYR||+94%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||11,300 MYR||+120%|
|Anesthesia Technician||7,420 MYR||+44%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||7,490 MYR||+45%|
|Assistant Optometrist||5,830 MYR||+13%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||8,830 MYR||+71%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||4,780 MYR||-7%|
|Cardiac Technician||4,760 MYR||-8%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||25,100 MYR||+390%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||9,800 MYR||+90%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||5,610 MYR||+9%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||6,310 MYR||+23%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||6,230 MYR||+21%|
|Clinical Biochemist||12,000 MYR||+130%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||9,510 MYR||+85%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||6,410 MYR||+24%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||7,470 MYR||+45%|
|Clinical Field Associate||6,170 MYR||+20%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||10,000 MYR||+94%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||12,900 MYR||+150%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||11,100 MYR||+120%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||12,900 MYR||+150%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||7,010 MYR||+36%|
|Clinical Scientist||12,700 MYR||+150%|
|CME Specialist||10,500 MYR||+100%|
|CT Technologist||6,290 MYR||+22%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||8,740 MYR||+70%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||7,350 MYR||+43%|
|Dispensing Optician||6,120 MYR||+19%|
|EKG Technician||5,700 MYR||+11%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||5,310 MYR||+3%|
|Endoscopy Technician||5,070 MYR||-2%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||8,430 MYR||+64%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||5,250 MYR||+2%|
|Health Systems Specialist||8,110 MYR||+57%|
|Health Technologist||8,490 MYR||+65%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||6,570 MYR||+28%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||6,730 MYR||+31%|
|Industrial Hygienist||8,840 MYR||+72%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||6,010 MYR||+17%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||13,900 MYR||+170%|
|Infection Preventionist||9,310 MYR||+81%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||7,710 MYR||+50%|
|Interventional Radiographer||10,600 MYR||+110%|
|Lab Assistant||4,850 MYR||-6%|
|Laboratory Manager||9,500 MYR||+84%|
|Laboratory Technician||5,150 MYR||=|
|Low Vision Therapist||11,800 MYR||+130%|
|Mammography Technician||5,030 MYR||-2%|
|Medical Coder||4,670 MYR||-9%|
|Medical Courier||3,400 MYR||-34%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||5,410 MYR||+5%|
|Medical Forms Designer||4,200 MYR||-18%|
|Medical Technologist||5,550 MYR||+8%|
|MRI Technologist||5,360 MYR||+4%|
|Music Therapist||7,650 MYR||+49%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||5,280 MYR||+3%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||4,660 MYR||-10%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||6,940 MYR||+35%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||7,300 MYR||+42%|
|Nutrition Assistant||5,100 MYR||-1%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||5,500 MYR||+7%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||4,740 MYR||-8%|
|Operating Room Services Director||15,200 MYR||+200%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||5,420 MYR||+5%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||5,580 MYR||+8%|
|Orthopedic Technician||5,810 MYR||+13%|
|Pathology Assistant||5,090 MYR||-1%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||7,830 MYR||+52%|
|Radiation Therapist||18,300 MYR||+260%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||7,650 MYR||+49%|
|Radiography Technologist||7,130 MYR||+38%|
|Radiologic Technologist||7,200 MYR||+40%|
|Radiology Technologist||7,650 MYR||+49%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||14,600 MYR||+180%|
|Respiratory Therapist||10,100 MYR||+96%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||5,980 MYR||+16%|
|Sonography Technologist||7,350 MYR||+43%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||11,600 MYR||+130%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||5,520 MYR||+7%|
|Vascular Technologist||5,090 MYR||-1%|
|X-Ray Technologist||7,280 MYR||+41%|
|Johor Bahru||5,190 MYR|
|Kota Kinabalu||4,990 MYR|
|Kuala Lumpur||5,450 MYR|
|Petaling Jaya||5,160 MYR|
|Shah Alam||5,310 MYR|
|Subang Jaya||4,640 MYR|
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.