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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in Kuala Lumpur 2024

How much money does a person working in Construction / Building / Installation make in Kuala Lumpur?

Average Monthly Salary
4,430 MYR
( 53,200 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 Construction / Building / Installation in Kuala Lumpur typically earns around 4,430 MYR. Salaries range from 1,810 MYR (lowest average) to 12,200 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 Construction / Building / Installation 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
Construction / Building / Installation
3D Printing Construction Technician4,680 MYR
Adjudicator2,990 MYR
Assembler2,300 MYR
Boat Builder and Shipwright3,400 MYR
Bricklayer1,970 MYR
Building Administrator3,050 MYR
Building Automation Engineer7,000 MYR
Building Contracts Manager10,300 MYR
Building Information Modeling Manager8,800 MYR
Building Inspector2,970 MYR
Building Monitor2,330 MYR
Building Sales Manager9,400 MYR
Building Systems Integration Specialist6,580 MYR
Cabinetmaker2,540 MYR
Carpenter2,860 MYR
Civil Engineer6,510 MYR
Civil Technician3,290 MYR
Concreter2,080 MYR
Construction and Building Inspector2,840 MYR
Construction and Maintenance Manager5,500 MYR
Construction Assistant2,710 MYR
Construction Coordinator3,960 MYR
Construction Data Analyst6,110 MYR
Construction Estimator4,470 MYR
Construction Field Engineer6,170 MYR
Construction General Manager12,200 MYR
Construction Inventory Officer2,460 MYR
Construction Manager13,000 MYR
Construction Operations Manager11,100 MYR
Construction Project Controls Manager8,860 MYR
Construction Project Coordinator7,190 MYR
Construction Project Engineer6,720 MYR
Construction Project Manager12,600 MYR
Construction Project Manager11,900 MYR
Construction Project Planner6,670 MYR
Construction Quality Control Manager8,950 MYR
Construction Robotics Engineer7,270 MYR
Construction Safety Officer4,250 MYR
Construction Superintendent4,530 MYR
Construction Supervisor6,340 MYR
Construction Technical Assistant2,620 MYR
Construction Technical Officer3,060 MYR
Construction Technical Writer2,760 MYR
Construction Technician2,350 MYR
Construction Waste Management Consultant6,980 MYR
Construction Worker2,020 MYR
Crane and Tower Operator2,460 MYR
Crane Operator2,340 MYR
Diesel Mechanic2,300 MYR
Digital Construction Manager7,190 MYR
Draughtsman2,180 MYR
Drywall Installer2,450 MYR
Electrical Draftsman2,380 MYR
Electrical Engineering Supervisor7,510 MYR
Electrical Engineering Technician2,880 MYR
Electrical Supervisor5,100 MYR
Electrician3,540 MYR
Elevator Installer and Repairer3,160 MYR
Engineer6,970 MYR
Excavator Operator2,340 MYR
Field Inspector4,220 MYR
Floor Finisher2,730 MYR
Floor Manager3,700 MYR
Foreman1,880 MYR
Frame and Truss Detailer2,160 MYR
Furniture Finisher2,230 MYR
Gas Technician 2,210 MYR
Handyman2,000 MYR
Health and Safety Coordinator2,900 MYR
Health and Safety Officer3,140 MYR
Installation Manager7,870 MYR
Installer2,020 MYR
Insulation Installer2,290 MYR
Labourer1,890 MYR
Land Surveyor3,070 MYR
Lean Construction Specialist6,900 MYR
Lift Technician2,300 MYR
Maintenance Foreman2,050 MYR
Material Tester3,360 MYR
Model Maker3,400 MYR
Order Picker2,030 MYR
Painter2,280 MYR
Pipe Layer1,970 MYR
Pipe Welder1,870 MYR
Pipefitter2,000 MYR
Plumber2,420 MYR
Prefabrication and Modular Construction Specialist6,460 MYR
Property Coordinator5,630 MYR
Purchasing Manager8,250 MYR
Quantity Estimator4,180 MYR
Quantity Surveyor4,470 MYR
Roof Slater and Tiler2,150 MYR
Sheet Metal Mechanic2,410 MYR
Sheet Metal Worker2,060 MYR
Site Clerk2,320 MYR
Site engineer5,810 MYR
Site Leader11,200 MYR
Stock Controller3,410 MYR
Structural Steel Construction Worker2,470 MYR
Sustainable Materials Engineer6,650 MYR
Technical Draughtsman2,760 MYR
Tender Manager9,860 MYR
Tendering Manager9,960 MYR
Tower Crane Operator2,260 MYR
Wall and Floor Tiler2,180 MYR
Warehouse Manager7,740 MYR
Welder2,020 MYR
Welding Superintendent2,780 MYR

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Kuala Lumpur

Median and salary distribution Kuala Lumpur Construction / Building / Installation monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
6,030 MYR or more
10% of people earn
4,980 to 6,030 MYR
20% of people earn
2,660 MYR or less
65% of people earn
2,660 to 4,980 MYR
Minimum Salary
1,810 MYR
4,080 MYR
12,200 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 Construction / Building / Installation in Kuala Lumpur range from 1,810 MYR (starting average salary) to 12,200 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 Construction / Building / Installation 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 Construction / Building / Installation in Kuala Lumpur earn less than 3,200 MYR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 5,260 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 Construction / Building / Installation in Kuala Lumpur. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 2,660 MYR to 4,980 MYR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 2,660 MYR mark, while 10% ranged from 4,980 MYR to 6,030 MYR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 6,030 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 Construction / Building / Installation 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 Construction / Building / Installation 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 / Construction / Building / Installation / Kuala Lumpur

Salary comparison by gender Malaysia Construction / Building / Installation 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 Construction / Building / Installation in Malaysia, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 5%.

4,190 MYR
3,970 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 / Construction / Building / Installation / Kuala Lumpur

How much are annual salary increments in Kuala Lumpur for individuals working in Construction / Building / Installation? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Construction / Building / Installation 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 Construction / Building / Installation
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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 / Construction / Building / Installation / Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Construction / Building / Installation
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100% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation 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 / Construction / Building / Installation / Kuala Lumpur

26 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Construction / Building / Installation in Kuala Lumpur is 26 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 Construction / Building / Installation in Kuala Lumpur is 10 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
Ampang3,720 MYR
Ipoh4,370 MYR
Johor Bahru4,120 MYR
Klang3,790 MYR
Kota Kinabalu4,060 MYR
Kuala Lumpur4,430 MYR
Kuching3,970 MYR
Petaling Jaya4,310 MYR
Shah Alam4,220 MYR
Subang Jaya3,870 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 Construction / Building / Installation in Kuala Lumpur?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 4,080 MYR and 5,260 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 Construction / Building / Installation in Kuala Lumpur ranges from 1,810 MYR to 3,200 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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