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Average Salary in Kuala Lumpur 2024

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

Average Monthly Salary
7,160 MYR
( 85,900 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 Kuala Lumpur typically earns around 7,160 MYR. Salaries range from 1,810 MYR (lowest average) to 31,800 MYR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries in Kuala Lumpur vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Pay Scale and Salaries in Kuala Lumpur

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

5% of people earn
13,500 MYR or more
10% of people earn
10,600 to 13,500 MYR
20% of people earn
4,120 MYR or less
65% of people earn
4,120 to 10,600 MYR
Minimum Salary
1,810 MYR
6,230 MYR
31,800 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 Kuala Lumpur range from 1,810 MYR (starting salary) to 31,800 MYR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,230 MYR, which means that 50% of the population in Kuala Lumpur earns less than that while the other half earns more. 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.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population in Kuala Lumpur earn less than 4,500 MYR while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 9,440 MYR while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights into how salaries are actually distributed in Kuala Lumpur. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 4,120 MYR to 10,600 MYR. Approximately 20% fall under the 4,120 MYR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 10,600 MYR to 13,500 MYR. Only 5% of people grossed 13,500 MYR or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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Salary is primarily determined by the level of experience one possesses, with higher levels of experience resulting in higher wages.

In Kuala Lumpur, employees with two to five years of experience typically earn an average of 32% more than entry-level and junior workers in all industries and fields.

Individuals with more than five years of experience tend to earn an average of 36% more than those with less than five years of experience.

After ten years of work, salaries increase by 21%, with an additional 14% increase for those who have worked for over 15 years.

These figures should be used as rough estimates, as considering individual job titles can lead to more accurate assessments.

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.

The correlation between higher education and higher salary is widely acknowledged, but how much of an income increase can one expect from obtaining a degree?

We conducted a study in Kuala Lumpur comparing the salaries of professionals with different levels of college degrees who held similar positions in various industries.

Our results showed that individuals with a certificate or diploma earned an average of 17% more than those who only completed high school.

Those who obtained a Bachelor's Degree earned 24% more than their counterparts with a certificate or diploma.

Professionals with a Master's Degree earned 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, those who held a PhD earned an average of 23% more than those with a Master's Degree while performing the same job.

Is investing in a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Is pursuing higher education worth the investment?

Earning a Master's degree or any post-graduate qualification in Malaysia is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 33,100 MYR to 99,200 MYR and a duration of around two years. It's important to note that during this period, any salary increases are unlikely, assuming ongoing employment. Salary reviews are typically conducted after completing the program and obtaining the degree.

Many individuals pursue advanced education as a means of transitioning to higher-paying positions, and the statistics indicate that this is an effective strategy. On average, individuals who change jobs after earning a higher degree receive a salary increase of about 10% more than the typical annual raise.

Ultimately, deciding whether or not to pursue advanced education depends on a variety of factors, including the personal situation and experience. However, if one can afford the financial costs of obtaining a higher degree, the return on investment is likely to be worthwhile, with the ability to recoup the costs in approximately a year.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Kuala Lumpur

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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 Malaysia, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 11% across all career fields.

6,970 MYR
6,280 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuala Lumpur

How much are annual salary increments in Kuala Lumpur? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Malaysia
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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.

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 in Malaysia

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

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant5,160 MYR
Accounting Assistant4,100 MYR
Accounting Manager10,600 MYR
Bookkeeper3,480 MYR
Chartered Accountant6,670 MYR
Corporate Treasurer9,750 MYR
Financial Analyst9,770 MYR
Financial Manager13,900 MYR
Internal Auditor6,860 MYR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant4,020 MYR
Office Manager6,640 MYR
Receptionist3,470 MYR
Secretary3,300 MYR

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director7,120 MYR
Creative Director7,150 MYR
Graphic Designer4,440 MYR
Photographer4,030 MYR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer9,160 MYR
Air Traffic Controller7,990 MYR
Flight Attendant4,930 MYR
Pilot12,000 MYR

Architect9,150 MYR
CAD Drafter3,740 MYR

Mechanic2,710 MYR
Service Advisor5,140 MYR

Bank Branch Manager13,300 MYR
Teller2,860 MYR

Teacher5,560 MYR
Translator6,670 MYR

Business Planning
Business Analyst9,270 MYR
Business Development Manager11,400 MYR
Project Manager8,880 MYR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,080 MYR
Nursery Teacher2,830 MYR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer6,510 MYR
Construction Project Manager11,900 MYR
Health and Safety Officer3,140 MYR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative2,830 MYR
Customer Service Manager9,550 MYR
Customer Service Representative2,700 MYR

Civil Engineer6,640 MYR
Electrical Engineer7,400 MYR
Engineer6,630 MYR
Mechanical Engineer6,860 MYR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer16,300 MYR
Chief Financial Officer15,000 MYR
General Manager12,400 MYR
Project Manager8,580 MYR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef4,570 MYR
Executive Chef5,440 MYR
Hotel Manager13,500 MYR
Receptionist2,870 MYR
Travel Agent4,570 MYR
Waiter / Waitress2,320 MYR

Health and Medical
Dentist17,600 MYR
Dietitian14,600 MYR
Laboratory Technician5,450 MYR
Nurse5,860 MYR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager11,200 MYR
Human Resources Officer4,290 MYR

Information Technology
Computer Technician5,510 MYR
Database Administrator7,570 MYR
Developer / Programmer7,110 MYR
Information Technology Manager12,300 MYR
Network Engineer6,170 MYR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer4,440 MYR

Attorney14,900 MYR
Legal Assistant3,700 MYR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist8,540 MYR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer6,110 MYR
Pharmacist9,770 MYR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,710 MYR
Sales Manager12,100 MYR
Sales Representative4,650 MYR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher5,190 MYR
Secondary School Teacher5,930 MYR

Average Hourly Wage in Kuala Lumpur

41 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Kuala Lumpur is 41 MYR.This is the rate that the average individual gets 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 a person 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
Ampang6,010 MYR
Ipoh7,070 MYR
Johor Bahru6,660 MYR
Klang6,130 MYR
Kota Kinabalu6,560 MYR
Kuala Lumpur7,160 MYR
Kuching6,420 MYR
Petaling Jaya6,960 MYR
Shah Alam6,820 MYR
Subang Jaya6,260 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 Kuala Lumpur?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Kuala Lumpur would range anywhere between 6,230 MYR and 9,440 MYR.

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 in Kuala Lumpur ranges from 1,810 MYR to 4,500 MYR. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, 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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