How much money does a person working in Kuala Lumpur make?
8,527 MYR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Kuala Lumpur typically earns around 8,527 MYR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
Distribution of Salaries in Kuala Lumpur | All Jobs
Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles
Salaries in Kuala Lumpur range between 1,154 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 37,757 MYR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 8,356 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 8,356 MYR while the other half are earning more than 8,356 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 the population are earning less than 4,280 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,280 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 22,134 MYR while 25% are earning more than 22,134 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
Salary Trend and Forecast in Kuala Lumpur
How are Kuala Lumpur salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.
|Average Salary 2016|| = |
|Average Salary 2017|| +4% |
|Average Salary 2018|| +2% |
|Average Salary 2019|| +3% |
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Kuala Lumpur are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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.
Salaries for popular jobs
|Administrative Assistant||4,770 MYR|
|Biomedical Engineer||7,243 MYR|
|CAD Drafter||6,521 MYR|
|Chartered Accountant||7,574 MYR|
|Chief Executive Officer||19,270 MYR|
|Chief Financial Officer||17,754 MYR|
|Civil Engineer||7,473 MYR|
|Computer Technician||6,530 MYR|
|Creative Director||8,671 MYR|
|Developer / Programmer||7,569 MYR|
|Electrical Engineer||8,774 MYR|
|Elementary School Teacher||6,156 MYR|
|Executive Chef||7,836 MYR|
|Flight Attendant||7,312 MYR|
|General Manager||14,684 MYR|
|Graphic Designer||5,738 MYR|
|Hotel Manager||13,145 MYR|
|Human Resources Manager||12,135 MYR|
|Internal Auditor||8,823 MYR|
|Legal Assistant||5,947 MYR|
|Mechanical Engineer||8,393 MYR|
|Police Officer||6,916 MYR|
|Project Manager||10,173 MYR|
|Sales Manager||13,042 MYR|
|Sales Representative||5,510 MYR|
|Secondary School Teacher||7,030 MYR|
|Travel Agent||6,994 MYR|
|Waiter / Waitress||5,243 MYR|
Average Hourly Wage in Kuala Lumpur | All Jobs
49 MYR per hour
Average Hourly Wage
The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kuala Lumpur | All Jobs is 49 MYR. This means that the average person in Kuala Lumpur earns approximatly 49 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.
Kuala Lumpur VS Malaysia
We compared salaries in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia and we found that Kuala Lumpur salaries are 8% more than those of Malaysia.
Salary Comparison By City
|Johor Bahru||7,931 MYR|
|Kota Kinabalu||7,816 MYR|
|Kuala Lumpur||8,527 MYR|
|Petaling Jaya||8,293 MYR|
|Shah Alam||8,120 MYR|
|Subang Jaya||7,449 MYR|
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