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Architecture Average Salaries in Kuala Lumpur 2024

How much money does a person working in Architecture make in Kuala Lumpur?


Average Monthly Salary
6,980 MYR
( 83,700 MYR yearly)

LOW
3,190
MYR
AVERAGE
6,980
MYR
HIGH
12,700
MYR
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 Architecture in Kuala Lumpur typically earns around 6,980 MYR. Salaries range from 3,190 MYR (lowest average) to 12,700 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 Architecture 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
Architecture
3D Printing Architect7,270 MYR
Active Travel Planner6,540 MYR
Adaptive Reuse Architect7,800 MYR
Architect9,150 MYR
Architectural Designer7,980 MYR
Architectural Drafter3,410 MYR
Architectural Manager13,000 MYR
Architectural Technician4,850 MYR
Architectural Technologist5,150 MYR
Architecture Consultant13,000 MYR
Architecture Estimating Manager9,500 MYR
Architecture Specifications Writer3,340 MYR
Assistant Architectural Manager12,600 MYR
Biophilic Design Consultant8,200 MYR
Building Performance Analyst8,300 MYR
CAD Drafter3,740 MYR
CAD Manager7,920 MYR
Computational Designer7,610 MYR
Conservation Architect7,800 MYR
Design and Decoration Assistant3,800 MYR
Design Manager11,900 MYR
Digital Design Strategist8,570 MYR
Digital Fabrication Specialist7,540 MYR
Drafter3,510 MYR
Drafting Supervisor6,670 MYR
Facilities and Project Manager11,800 MYR
Facility Planner6,530 MYR
Furniture Designer7,550 MYR
Heritage Conservation Specialist5,920 MYR
Interior Architect7,470 MYR
Interior Decorator6,340 MYR
Interior Design Assistant3,370 MYR
Interior Designer7,190 MYR
Kitchen Designer4,360 MYR
Landscape Architect10,400 MYR
Landscape Artist5,630 MYR
Landscaper4,960 MYR
Lighting Designer6,670 MYR
Mapping Technician3,200 MYR
Mechanical Drafter4,330 MYR
Parametric Modeler6,500 MYR
Photogrammetrist3,890 MYR
Resilient Design Expert7,710 MYR
Smart City Planner9,600 MYR
Sustainability Architect10,000 MYR
Urban Data Analyst8,560 MYR
Urban Mobility Specialist7,750 MYR
Urban Planner8,620 MYR


Architecture Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Kuala Lumpur

Median and salary distribution Kuala Lumpur Architecture monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
7,290 MYR or more
10% of people earn
6,290 to 7,290 MYR
20% of people earn
4,110 MYR or less
65% of people earn
4,110 to 6,290 MYR
Minimum Salary
3,190 MYR
Median
6,660 MYR
Maximum
12,700 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 Architecture in Kuala Lumpur range from 3,190 MYR (starting average salary) to 12,700 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 Architecture is 6,660 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 Architecture in Kuala Lumpur earn less than 5,360 MYR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 7,850 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 Architecture in Kuala Lumpur. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 4,110 MYR to 6,290 MYR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 4,110 MYR mark, while 10% ranged from 6,290 MYR to 7,290 MYR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 7,290 MYR or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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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 Architecture 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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 Architecture 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 / Architecture / Kuala Lumpur

Salary comparison by gender Malaysia Architecture 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 Architecture in Malaysia, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 13%.

Male
6,820 MYR
Female-11%
6,060 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 / Architecture / Kuala Lumpur

How much are annual salary increments in Kuala Lumpur for individuals working in Architecture? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Architecture 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 Architecture
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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 / Architecture / Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Architecture
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100% of surveyed staff in Architecture 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
100%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 / Architecture / Kuala Lumpur


40 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Architecture in Kuala Lumpur is 40 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 Architecture in Kuala Lumpur is 18 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
Ampang5,860 MYR
Ipoh6,880 MYR
Johor Bahru6,490 MYR
Klang5,970 MYR
Kota Kinabalu6,390 MYR
Kuala Lumpur6,980 MYR
Kuching6,250 MYR
Petaling Jaya6,780 MYR
Shah Alam6,640 MYR
Subang Jaya6,090 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 Architecture in Kuala Lumpur?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 6,660 MYR and 7,850 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 Architecture in Kuala Lumpur ranges from 3,190 MYR to 5,360 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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