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Engineering Average Salaries in Malaysia 2024

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
5,590 MYR
( 67,000 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 Malaysia typically earns around 5,590 MYR. Salaries range from 1,760 MYR (lowest average) to 11,800 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 Malaysia 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 Engineer5,130 MYR
Acoustics Engineer5,760 MYR
Assembly Engineering Technician4,730 MYR
Assistant Chief Engineer6,400 MYR
Associate Engineer5,190 MYR
AutoCAD Drafter3,520 MYR
Autocad Operator3,850 MYR
Automation Engineer6,170 MYR
Automation Engineer5,990 MYR
Avionic System Support Engineer5,770 MYR
Biochemical Engineer5,390 MYR
BMS Engineer5,610 MYR
Bridge and Lock Tender3,170 MYR
Broadcast Engineer5,630 MYR
CAD Design Engineer5,800 MYR
CAD Designer3,630 MYR
CAE Engineer5,800 MYR
Ceramics Engineer5,400 MYR
Chemical Engineer6,120 MYR
Civil Drafter3,520 MYR
Civil Engineer6,280 MYR
Civil Site Engineer6,340 MYR
Civil Technician3,490 MYR
Cognitive Engineer5,610 MYR
Commissioning Engineer5,980 MYR
Communications Engineer6,400 MYR
Condition Monitoring Engineer4,950 MYR
Contract Associate Engineer5,490 MYR
Contract Engineer5,660 MYR
Control Systems Engineer5,860 MYR
Controls Engineer5,630 MYR
Controls Software Engineer5,410 MYR
Corrosion Engineer5,620 MYR
Design Engineer5,810 MYR
Director of Engineering11,500 MYR
Drafter3,520 MYR
Drafting Manager6,660 MYR
Drilling Engineer5,690 MYR
Drilling Foreman1,750 MYR
Electrical Draughtsman2,850 MYR
Electrical Engineer6,630 MYR
Electrical Engineering Manager8,080 MYR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist6,030 MYR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,040 MYR
Energy Engineer5,950 MYR
Engine Assembler2,570 MYR
Engineer6,130 MYR
Engineering Account Manager6,820 MYR
Engineering Chief Designer6,500 MYR
Engineering Consultant8,240 MYR
Engineering Key Account Manager8,160 MYR
Engineering Lab Technician5,660 MYR
Engineering Manager7,790 MYR
Engineering Planning Manager8,170 MYR
Engineering Production Manager10,100 MYR
Engineering Project Analyst6,900 MYR
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,990 MYR
Engineering Project Director12,400 MYR
Engineering Project Leader7,750 MYR
Engineering Project Manager8,220 MYR
Engineering Research and Development Manager9,220 MYR
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,550 MYR
Engineering Sales Manager8,100 MYR
Engineering Technician4,550 MYR
Engineering Technologist4,650 MYR
Environmental Engineer5,860 MYR
Equipment Engineer5,620 MYR
Equipment Engineering Manager7,570 MYR
Estimator4,850 MYR
Fabrication Specialist4,030 MYR
Fabricator2,670 MYR
Facade Engineer5,640 MYR
Fiber Analyst3,470 MYR
Field Engineer6,150 MYR
Field Engineering Manager10,300 MYR
Fire Engineer5,950 MYR
Fitter and Turner1,960 MYR
Forestry Strategic Planner6,690 MYR
Generation Engineer6,180 MYR
Genetic Engineer6,370 MYR
Geological Engineer6,280 MYR
Geotechnical Engineer6,050 MYR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,210 MYR
Highway Engineer5,840 MYR
HSE Professional5,720 MYR
Human Machine Interface Engineer5,570 MYR
HVAC Engineer6,430 MYR
HVAC Supervisor5,620 MYR
Industrial Engineer5,420 MYR
Industrial Engineering Technologist5,700 MYR
Instrument Engineer5,560 MYR
Instrument Technician3,150 MYR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,850 MYR
Instrumentation Designer5,150 MYR
Instrumentation Engineer6,030 MYR
Instrumentation Manager5,620 MYR
Irrigation Engineer5,640 MYR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer6,410 MYR
Locomotive Engineer5,700 MYR
Maintenance Engineer5,610 MYR
Maintenance Fitter2,000 MYR
Maintenance Manager6,080 MYR
Manufacturing Engineer5,930 MYR
Marine Engineer5,770 MYR
Materials Engineer5,800 MYR
Materials Researcher5,560 MYR
Materials Technician4,300 MYR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer6,220 MYR
Mechanical Design Engineer6,300 MYR
Mechanical Designer5,250 MYR
Mechanical Engineer6,490 MYR
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,970 MYR
Mechanical Inspector5,930 MYR
Mechatronics Engineer6,110 MYR
Mining Engineer5,900 MYR
Nanotechnology Engineer6,000 MYR
Natural Language Processing Engineer6,630 MYR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer6,580 MYR
Optical Engineer5,690 MYR
Optical Instrument Assembler3,060 MYR
PCB Assembler2,150 MYR
Photonics Engineer6,240 MYR
Photonics Technician5,250 MYR
Pipeline Engineer5,290 MYR
Piping Designer3,230 MYR
Piping Engineer5,620 MYR
Planning Engineer5,940 MYR
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,910 MYR
Principal Cost Engineer5,760 MYR
Principal Engineer5,700 MYR
Principal Support Engineer5,880 MYR
Process Engineer5,560 MYR
Process Operator3,330 MYR
Product Development Engineer6,030 MYR
Product Development Technician4,130 MYR
Product Engineer6,210 MYR
Product Safety Engineer5,490 MYR
Production Engineer5,840 MYR
Project Engineer6,500 MYR
Proposal Manager7,340 MYR
Purchasing Engineer5,180 MYR
Quality Assurance Engineer5,680 MYR
Rail Engineer5,950 MYR
Regional Field Engineer6,340 MYR
Remote Sensing Engineer6,060 MYR
Robotics Engineer6,430 MYR
Robotics Technician4,800 MYR
Safety Engineer6,080 MYR
Safety Inspector4,780 MYR
Safety Manager6,860 MYR
Safety Officer2,950 MYR
Sales Engineer6,550 MYR
Scheduling Engineer5,560 MYR
Security Engineer6,240 MYR
Service Engineer5,950 MYR
Smart Home Engineer6,580 MYR
Solar Engineer6,080 MYR
Staff Engineer5,850 MYR
Static Equipment Engineer5,690 MYR
Stationary Engineer5,560 MYR
Stress Engineer5,610 MYR
Structural Analysis Engineer5,510 MYR
Structural Designer5,040 MYR
Structural Engineer5,680 MYR
Structural Technician3,840 MYR
Subsea Engineer7,230 MYR
Supply Chain Specialist5,510 MYR
Surveyor4,580 MYR
Technical Affairs Officer2,940 MYR
Technical Assistant2,910 MYR
Technical Engineer5,300 MYR
Technical Support Engineer4,950 MYR
Tender Engineer5,250 MYR
Test Development Engineer5,740 MYR
Test Engineer5,860 MYR
Transportation Engineer5,380 MYR
Urban Engineer6,240 MYR
Validation Engineer5,140 MYR
Verification Engineer5,770 MYR
Wastewater Engineer6,030 MYR
Wind Energy Engineer5,700 MYR
Wind Energy Operations Manager7,690 MYR
Wireless Engineer6,190 MYR
Work Planner4,230 MYR

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution Malaysia Engineering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
5,880 MYR or more
10% of people earn
4,860 to 5,880 MYR
20% of people earn
2,620 MYR or less
65% of people earn
2,620 to 4,860 MYR
Minimum Salary
1,760 MYR
5,110 MYR
11,800 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 Engineering in Malaysia range from 1,760 MYR (starting average salary) to 11,800 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 5,110 MYR, implying that half of the workforce in Malaysia 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 Malaysia earn less than 3,830 MYR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 6,330 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 Malaysia. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 2,620 MYR to 4,860 MYR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 2,620 MYR mark, while 10% ranged from 4,860 MYR to 5,880 MYR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 5,880 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 Malaysia 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 Malaysia, 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 / Malaysia

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 / Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia 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 10% every 16 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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46% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 / Malaysia

32 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Malaysia is 32 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 Malaysia 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
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 Malaysia?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 5,110 MYR and 6,330 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 Malaysia ranges from 1,760 MYR to 3,830 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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