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Average Salary in Kuala Lumpur 2019

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

Median and salary distribution monthly Kuala Lumpur

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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Kuala Lumpur
Average Salary 2016    =  
7,849 MYR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
8,139 MYR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
8,294 MYR
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
8,527 MYR
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

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant5,986 MYR
Administrative Assistant4,770 MYR
Architect8,138 MYR
Attorney13,061 MYR
Biomedical Engineer7,243 MYR
CAD Drafter6,521 MYR
Cashier4,817 MYR
Chartered Accountant7,574 MYR
Chef7,065 MYR
Chief Executive Officer19,270 MYR
Chief Financial Officer17,754 MYR
Civil Engineer7,473 MYR
Computer Technician6,530 MYR
Creative Director8,671 MYR
Dentist20,856 MYR
Developer / Programmer7,569 MYR
Electrical Engineer8,774 MYR
Elementary School Teacher6,156 MYR
Engineer7,551 MYR
Executive Chef7,836 MYR
Flight Attendant7,312 MYR
General Manager14,684 MYR
Graphic Designer5,738 MYR
Hotel Manager13,145 MYR
Human Resources Manager12,135 MYR
Internal Auditor8,823 MYR
Journalist8,774 MYR
Legal Assistant5,947 MYR
Mechanical Engineer8,393 MYR
Nurse7,018 MYR
Pharmacist10,222 MYR
Photographer5,810 MYR
Pilot9,809 MYR
Police Officer6,916 MYR
Project Manager10,173 MYR
Receptionist4,711 MYR
Sales Manager13,042 MYR
Sales Representative5,510 MYR
Secondary School Teacher7,030 MYR
Secretary4,673 MYR
Teacher6,596 MYR
Teller6,104 MYR
Travel Agent6,994 MYR
Waiter / Waitress5,243 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

Salary Comparison Between Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia monthlyWe 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

CityAverage Salary
Ampang7,161 MYR
Ipoh8,415 MYR
Johor Bahru7,931 MYR
Klang7,301 MYR
Kota Kinabalu7,816 MYR
Kuala Lumpur8,527 MYR
Kuching7,644 MYR
Petaling Jaya8,293 MYR
Shah Alam8,120 MYR
Subang Jaya7,449 MYR
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