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Average Salary in Kota Kinabalu 2019

How much money does a person working in Kota Kinabalu make?

7,816 MYR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Kota Kinabalu typically earns around 7,816 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 Kota Kinabalu | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Kota Kinabalu

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Kota Kinabalu range between 1,058 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 34,609 MYR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 7,581 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 7,581 MYR while the other half are earning more than 7,581 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 3,887 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,887 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 19,829 MYR while 25% are earning more than 19,829 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 Kota Kinabalu

How are Kota Kinabalu salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Kota Kinabalu
Average Salary 2016    =  
7,258 MYR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
7,527 MYR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
7,647 MYR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
7,816 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Kota Kinabalu 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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant5,357 MYR
Administrative Assistant4,353 MYR
Architect7,313 MYR
Attorney11,919 MYR
Biomedical Engineer6,961 MYR
CAD Drafter6,047 MYR
Cashier4,611 MYR
Chartered Accountant6,831 MYR
Chef6,551 MYR
Chief Executive Officer17,020 MYR
Chief Financial Officer16,922 MYR
Civil Engineer7,050 MYR
Computer Technician5,888 MYR
Creative Director7,819 MYR
Dentist18,810 MYR
Developer / Programmer6,632 MYR
Electrical Engineer7,761 MYR
Elementary School Teacher5,575 MYR
Engineer6,780 MYR
Executive Chef6,681 MYR
Flight Attendant6,647 MYR
General Manager14,289 MYR
Graphic Designer5,390 MYR
Hotel Manager11,250 MYR
Human Resources Manager11,119 MYR
Internal Auditor8,247 MYR
Journalist7,915 MYR
Legal Assistant5,474 MYR
Mechanical Engineer7,691 MYR
Nurse6,505 MYR
Pharmacist8,795 MYR
Photographer5,538 MYR
Pilot9,293 MYR
Police Officer6,486 MYR
Project Manager9,319 MYR
Receptionist4,422 MYR
Sales Manager11,758 MYR
Sales Representative5,009 MYR
Secondary School Teacher6,673 MYR
Secretary4,418 MYR
Teacher5,900 MYR
Teller5,591 MYR
Travel Agent6,538 MYR
Waiter / Waitress4,937 MYR

Average Hourly Wage in Kota Kinabalu | All Jobs

45 MYR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kota Kinabalu | All Jobs is 45 MYR. This means that the average person in Kota Kinabalu earns approximatly 45 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.

Kota Kinabalu VS Malaysia

Salary Comparison Between Kota Kinabalu and Malaysia monthlyWe compared salaries in Kota Kinabalu and Malaysia and we found that Kota Kinabalu salaries are 1% less 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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