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Engineering Average Salaries in Kuala Lumpur 2024

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

Average Monthly Salary
6,050 MYR
( 72,600 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 Engineering in Kuala Lumpur typically earns around 6,050 MYR. Salaries range from 1,910 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 Engineering 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
3D Printing Engineer5,900 MYR
Acoustics Engineer6,430 MYR
Assembly Engineering Technician5,230 MYR
Assistant Chief Engineer6,970 MYR
Associate Engineer5,920 MYR
AutoCAD Drafter3,870 MYR
Autocad Operator4,250 MYR
Automation Engineer6,690 MYR
Automation Engineer6,580 MYR
Avionic System Support Engineer6,410 MYR
Biochemical Engineer6,140 MYR
BMS Engineer5,960 MYR
Bridge and Lock Tender3,410 MYR
Broadcast Engineer6,130 MYR
CAD Design Engineer6,710 MYR
CAD Designer4,130 MYR
CAE Engineer6,220 MYR
Ceramics Engineer5,790 MYR
Chemical Engineer6,830 MYR
Civil Drafter4,070 MYR
Civil Engineer6,640 MYR
Civil Site Engineer7,010 MYR
Civil Technician3,800 MYR
Cognitive Engineer5,960 MYR
Commissioning Engineer6,610 MYR
Communications Engineer6,860 MYR
Condition Monitoring Engineer5,390 MYR
Contract Associate Engineer6,250 MYR
Contract Engineer6,350 MYR
Control Systems Engineer6,250 MYR
Controls Engineer6,130 MYR
Controls Software Engineer5,690 MYR
Corrosion Engineer6,210 MYR
Design Engineer6,690 MYR
Director of Engineering12,600 MYR
Drafter4,070 MYR
Drafting Manager7,590 MYR
Drilling Engineer6,450 MYR
Drilling Foreman1,900 MYR
Electrical Draughtsman3,300 MYR
Electrical Engineer7,400 MYR
Electrical Engineering Manager8,880 MYR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist6,990 MYR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,460 MYR
Energy Engineer6,510 MYR
Engine Assembler2,940 MYR
Engineer6,630 MYR
Engineering Account Manager7,280 MYR
Engineering Chief Designer7,440 MYR
Engineering Consultant9,150 MYR
Engineering Key Account Manager9,400 MYR
Engineering Lab Technician6,040 MYR
Engineering Manager9,020 MYR
Engineering Planning Manager8,800 MYR
Engineering Production Manager11,000 MYR
Engineering Project Analyst7,780 MYR
Engineering Project Coordinator 7,420 MYR
Engineering Project Director13,700 MYR
Engineering Project Leader8,650 MYR
Engineering Project Manager8,860 MYR
Engineering Research and Development Manager10,600 MYR
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,910 MYR
Engineering Sales Manager8,690 MYR
Engineering Technician4,910 MYR
Engineering Technologist5,210 MYR
Environmental Engineer6,250 MYR
Equipment Engineer5,910 MYR
Equipment Engineering Manager8,670 MYR
Estimator5,330 MYR
Fabrication Specialist4,640 MYR
Fabricator3,030 MYR
Facade Engineer6,100 MYR
Fiber Analyst3,680 MYR
Field Engineer6,930 MYR
Field Engineering Manager11,400 MYR
Fire Engineer6,710 MYR
Fitter and Turner2,170 MYR
Forestry Strategic Planner7,670 MYR
Generation Engineer6,530 MYR
Genetic Engineer7,260 MYR
Geological Engineer6,980 MYR
Geotechnical Engineer6,620 MYR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,590 MYR
Highway Engineer6,300 MYR
HSE Professional6,320 MYR
Human Machine Interface Engineer5,870 MYR
HVAC Engineer6,830 MYR
HVAC Supervisor5,910 MYR
Industrial Engineer6,270 MYR
Industrial Engineering Technologist6,110 MYR
Instrument Engineer6,440 MYR
Instrument Technician3,610 MYR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer6,600 MYR
Instrumentation Designer5,720 MYR
Instrumentation Engineer6,690 MYR
Instrumentation Manager6,150 MYR
Irrigation Engineer6,420 MYR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer6,850 MYR
Locomotive Engineer6,110 MYR
Maintenance Engineer6,290 MYR
Maintenance Fitter2,200 MYR
Maintenance Manager6,430 MYR
Manufacturing Engineer6,550 MYR
Marine Engineer6,280 MYR
Materials Engineer6,220 MYR
Materials Researcher6,230 MYR
Materials Technician4,850 MYR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer7,090 MYR
Mechanical Design Engineer6,760 MYR
Mechanical Designer5,550 MYR
Mechanical Engineer6,860 MYR
Mechanical Engineering Manager9,180 MYR
Mechanical Inspector6,550 MYR
Mechatronics Engineer6,650 MYR
Mining Engineer6,650 MYR
Nanotechnology Engineer6,600 MYR
Natural Language Processing Engineer7,070 MYR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer7,340 MYR
Optical Engineer6,140 MYR
Optical Instrument Assembler3,250 MYR
PCB Assembler2,420 MYR
Photonics Engineer6,830 MYR
Photonics Technician5,660 MYR
Pipeline Engineer5,730 MYR
Piping Designer3,450 MYR
Piping Engineer5,910 MYR
Planning Engineer6,730 MYR
Pressure Vessel Inspector3,070 MYR
Principal Cost Engineer6,300 MYR
Principal Engineer6,600 MYR
Principal Support Engineer6,700 MYR
Process Engineer6,110 MYR
Process Operator3,850 MYR
Product Development Engineer6,530 MYR
Product Development Technician4,520 MYR
Product Engineer6,630 MYR
Product Safety Engineer6,250 MYR
Production Engineer6,620 MYR
Project Engineer6,840 MYR
Proposal Manager8,460 MYR
Purchasing Engineer6,000 MYR
Quality Assurance Engineer6,500 MYR
Rail Engineer6,710 MYR
Regional Field Engineer7,180 MYR
Remote Sensing Engineer6,730 MYR
Robotics Engineer7,410 MYR
Robotics Technician5,440 MYR
Safety Engineer6,750 MYR
Safety Inspector5,290 MYR
Safety Manager7,430 MYR
Safety Officer3,410 MYR
Sales Engineer6,900 MYR
Scheduling Engineer5,880 MYR
Security Engineer6,720 MYR
Service Engineer6,850 MYR
Smart Home Engineer6,930 MYR
Solar Engineer7,040 MYR
Staff Engineer6,600 MYR
Static Equipment Engineer6,450 MYR
Stationary Engineer5,860 MYR
Stress Engineer6,260 MYR
Structural Analysis Engineer6,060 MYR
Structural Designer5,780 MYR
Structural Engineer6,160 MYR
Structural Technician4,100 MYR
Subsea Engineer8,190 MYR
Supply Chain Specialist6,380 MYR
Surveyor4,850 MYR
Technical Affairs Officer3,190 MYR
Technical Assistant3,330 MYR
Technical Engineer5,860 MYR
Technical Support Engineer5,390 MYR
Tender Engineer5,660 MYR
Test Development Engineer6,510 MYR
Test Engineer6,570 MYR
Transportation Engineer5,880 MYR
Urban Engineer6,900 MYR
Validation Engineer5,600 MYR
Verification Engineer6,100 MYR
Wastewater Engineer6,350 MYR
Wind Energy Engineer6,600 MYR
Wind Energy Operations Manager8,770 MYR
Wireless Engineer7,130 MYR
Work Planner4,730 MYR

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Kuala Lumpur

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

5% of people earn
6,120 MYR or more
10% of people earn
5,060 to 6,120 MYR
20% of people earn
2,720 MYR or less
65% of people earn
2,720 to 5,060 MYR
Minimum Salary
1,910 MYR
5,320 MYR
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 Engineering in Kuala Lumpur range from 1,910 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 Engineering is 5,320 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 Engineering in Kuala Lumpur earn less than 3,980 MYR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 6,580 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 Engineering in Kuala Lumpur. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 2,720 MYR to 5,060 MYR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 2,720 MYR mark, while 10% ranged from 5,060 MYR to 6,120 MYR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 6,120 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 Engineering 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 Engineering 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 / Engineering / Kuala Lumpur

Salary comparison by gender Malaysia Engineering 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 Engineering in Malaysia, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 7%.

5,820 MYR
5,450 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 / Engineering / Kuala Lumpur

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

Professionals working in Engineering 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 Engineering
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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 / Engineering / Malaysia

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

35 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Kuala Lumpur is 35 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 Engineering in Kuala Lumpur is 11 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
Ampang5,080 MYR
Ipoh5,970 MYR
Johor Bahru5,630 MYR
Klang5,180 MYR
Kota Kinabalu5,550 MYR
Kuala Lumpur6,050 MYR
Kuching5,420 MYR
Petaling Jaya5,880 MYR
Shah Alam5,760 MYR
Subang Jaya5,290 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 Engineering in Kuala Lumpur?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 5,320 MYR and 6,580 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 Engineering in Kuala Lumpur ranges from 1,910 MYR to 3,980 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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