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Administration / Reception / Secretarial Average Salaries in Kuala Lumpur 2024

How much money does a person working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial make in Kuala Lumpur?

Average Monthly Salary
4,240 MYR
( 50,800 MYR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur typically earns around 4,240 MYR. Salaries range from 2,120 MYR (lowest average) to 9,660 MYR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Administration / Reception / Secretarial domain in Kuala Lumpur exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Accreditation Specialist8,530 MYR
Admin Clerk2,490 MYR
Admin Executive4,130 MYR
Administrative Aide2,820 MYR
Administrative Analyst5,360 MYR
Administrative Assistant4,020 MYR
Administrative Associate3,720 MYR
Administrative Coordinator3,780 MYR
Administrative Manager5,600 MYR
Administrative Officer3,750 MYR
Administrative Receptionist3,680 MYR
Administrative Secretary3,170 MYR
Administrative Specialist3,500 MYR
Administrative Support3,420 MYR
Administrative Technician3,100 MYR
Board Secretary3,410 MYR
Branch Office Administrator5,780 MYR
Business Administrator5,720 MYR
Business Office Manager9,280 MYR
Central Office Operator3,500 MYR
Clerical Assistant2,260 MYR
Clerk2,470 MYR
Commercial Administrator5,340 MYR
Commissions Processor4,510 MYR
Conveyancing Secretary3,330 MYR
Corporate Receptionist3,760 MYR
Creditors Clerk3,660 MYR
Data Entry Clerk2,470 MYR
Data Entry Specialist3,810 MYR
Document Controller3,130 MYR
Document Management Specialist4,700 MYR
Executive Administrative Assistant4,160 MYR
Executive Assistant3,970 MYR
Executive Officer4,960 MYR
Executive Personal Assistant4,680 MYR
Executive Secretary4,140 MYR
File Clerk2,510 MYR
Front Desk Attendant3,630 MYR
Front Desk Coordinator4,330 MYR
Front Desk Manager5,600 MYR
Front Desk Receptionist3,570 MYR
Front Desk Shift Leader4,330 MYR
Front Office Assistant3,450 MYR
Front Office Executive4,560 MYR
Group Services Manager9,660 MYR
Head Receptionist4,140 MYR
Inquiry and Admissions Clerk2,490 MYR
Key Account Assistant4,180 MYR
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator2,340 MYR
Leasing Administrator4,570 MYR
Legal Secretary3,700 MYR
Librarian4,420 MYR
Mail Processing Clerk2,260 MYR
Mail Sorting Clerk2,240 MYR
Mailroom Clerk2,290 MYR
Mailroom Manager4,040 MYR
Management Support Secretary3,650 MYR
Master Programme Coordinator7,110 MYR
Medical Receptionist4,000 MYR
Meeting and Event Assistant4,160 MYR
Meeting and Event Manager9,220 MYR
Night Manager5,610 MYR
Office Administrator5,920 MYR
Office Assistant2,630 MYR
Office Automation Clerk4,490 MYR
Office Clerk2,800 MYR
Office Coordinator3,760 MYR
Office Manager6,640 MYR
Office Services Coordinator4,880 MYR
Office Supervisor4,730 MYR
Operations Analyst7,820 MYR
Operations Clerk4,100 MYR
Operations Manager9,550 MYR
Personal Assistant3,570 MYR
Planning Assistant4,270 MYR
Process Expert5,460 MYR
Program Coordinator5,150 MYR
Programme Assistant4,510 MYR
Project Administrator6,110 MYR
Project Coordinator8,250 MYR
Query Administrator4,420 MYR
Reception Team Lead4,800 MYR
Receptionist3,470 MYR
Records Officer3,160 MYR
Registry Administrator3,720 MYR
Registry and Filing Clerk2,620 MYR
Rental Clerk2,620 MYR
Schedule Officer2,470 MYR
Scheduler2,760 MYR
School Secretary3,640 MYR
Secretary3,300 MYR
Service Reception Head4,440 MYR
Switchboard Operator3,050 MYR
Technical Program Manager8,150 MYR
Technical Project Manager8,600 MYR
Typist2,950 MYR
Unit Secretary3,400 MYR
Wayleave Officer2,550 MYR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Kuala Lumpur

Median and salary distribution Kuala Lumpur Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
5,340 MYR or more
10% of people earn
4,560 to 5,340 MYR
20% of people earn
2,840 MYR or less
65% of people earn
2,840 to 4,560 MYR
Minimum Salary
2,120 MYR
4,080 MYR
9,660 MYR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur range from 2,120 MYR (starting average salary) to 9,660 MYR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Administration / Reception / Secretarial is 4,080 MYR, implying that half of the workforce in Kuala Lumpur earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur earn less than 3,350 MYR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 4,970 MYR, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 2,840 MYR to 4,560 MYR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 2,840 MYR mark, while 10% ranged from 4,560 MYR to 5,340 MYR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 5,340 MYR or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally, the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.
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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income?

We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degree levels across many jobs in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur, below are our findings.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a certificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 33,100 MYR to 99,200 MYR and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to a higher-paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Administration / Reception / Secretarial / Kuala Lumpur

Salary comparison by gender Malaysia Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly
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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? In the field of Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Malaysia, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 8%.

4,040 MYR
3,730 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Administration / Reception / Secretarial / Kuala Lumpur

How much are annual salary increments in Kuala Lumpur for individuals working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately % every months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Malaysia Administration / Reception / Secretarial
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Malaysia
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The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Administration / Reception / Secretarial / Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Administration / Reception / Secretarial
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100% of surveyed staff in Administration / Reception / Secretarial reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while % said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

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

Hourly Average Wage / Administration / Reception / Secretarial / Kuala Lumpur

24 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur is 24 MYR.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur is 12 MYR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang3,560 MYR
Ipoh4,180 MYR
Johor Bahru3,940 MYR
Klang3,630 MYR
Kota Kinabalu3,880 MYR
Kuala Lumpur4,240 MYR
Kuching3,800 MYR
Petaling Jaya4,120 MYR
Shah Alam4,030 MYR
Subang Jaya3,700 MYR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Malaysia is 9% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
6,340 MYR
Public Sector+9%
6,900 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 4,080 MYR and 4,970 MYR. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Administration / Reception / Secretarial in Kuala Lumpur ranges from 2,120 MYR to 3,350 MYR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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