A person working as an Administrative Assistant in Malaysia typically earns around 3,640 MYR per month. Salaries range from 1,750 MYR (lowest) to 5,720 MYR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Administrative Assistant salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Administrative Assistant salaries in Malaysia range from 1,750 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 5,720 MYR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 3,790 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 3,790 MYR while the other half are earning more than 3,790 MYR. 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 2,490 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,490 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 4,940 MYR while 25% are earning more than 4,940 MYR.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning 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
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Administrative Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Administrative Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,050 MYR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,900 MYR per month, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,810 MYR per month, 31% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Administrative Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,680 MYR per month, 23% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 4,980 MYR per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,460 MYR per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+42%|
|5 - 10 Years||+31%|
|10 - 15 Years||+23%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Administrative Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Administrative Assistant is 2,540 MYR per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 3,730 MYR per month, 47% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 5,000 MYR per month, 34% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+47%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Administrative Assistant employees in Malaysia earn 6% less than their female counterparts on average.
Administrative Assistant(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely 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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Malaysia for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
An Administrative Assistant is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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 fix 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.
The average salary for Administrative Assistant is 7% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accreditation Specialist||7,520 MYR||+110%|
|Administrative Aide||2,590 MYR||-29%|
|Administrative Analyst||5,000 MYR||+37%|
|Administrative Assistant||3,640 MYR||=|
|Administrative Associate||3,520 MYR||-3%|
|Administrative Manager||5,140 MYR||+41%|
|Administrative Receptionist||3,330 MYR||-9%|
|Board Secretary||3,210 MYR||-12%|
|Central Office Operator||3,200 MYR||-12%|
|Commercial Administrator||4,640 MYR||+27%|
|Commissions Processor||4,170 MYR||+15%|
|Conveyancing Secretary||2,910 MYR||-20%|
|Document Controller||2,930 MYR||-20%|
|Document Management Specialist||4,080 MYR||+12%|
|Executive Assistant||3,610 MYR||-1%|
|Executive Personal Assistant||4,430 MYR||+22%|
|Executive Secretary||3,740 MYR||+3%|
|Front Desk Attendant||3,140 MYR||-14%|
|Front Desk Coordinator||4,080 MYR||+12%|
|Front Desk Manager||5,200 MYR||+43%|
|Group Services Manager||8,920 MYR||+150%|
|Head Receptionist||3,820 MYR||+5%|
|Key Account Assistant||3,900 MYR||+7%|
|Keyboard and Data Entry Operator||2,160 MYR||-41%|
|Leasing Administrator||4,330 MYR||+19%|
|Legal Secretary||3,400 MYR||-7%|
|Mailroom Manager||3,790 MYR||+4%|
|Management Support Secretary||3,400 MYR||-7%|
|Master Programme Coordinator||6,760 MYR||+86%|
|Medical Receptionist||3,490 MYR||-4%|
|Meeting and Event Assistant||3,950 MYR||+9%|
|Meeting and Event Manager||8,050 MYR||+120%|
|Night Manager||4,950 MYR||+36%|
|Office Administrator||5,250 MYR||+44%|
|Office Assistant||2,370 MYR||-35%|
|Office Manager||5,970 MYR||+64%|
|Office Services Coordinator||4,590 MYR||+26%|
|Operations Analyst||6,860 MYR||+88%|
|Operations Manager||8,900 MYR||+140%|
|Personal Assistant||3,260 MYR||-10%|
|Planning Assistant||3,960 MYR||+9%|
|Process Expert||5,010 MYR||+38%|
|Program Coordinator||4,850 MYR||+33%|
|Programme Assistant||4,200 MYR||+15%|
|Project Administrator||5,720 MYR||+57%|
|Project Coordinator||7,130 MYR||+96%|
|Reception Team Lead||4,210 MYR||+16%|
|Records Officer||2,800 MYR||-23%|
|Schedule Officer||2,300 MYR||-37%|
|School Secretary||3,260 MYR||-10%|
|Switchboard Operator||2,880 MYR||-21%|
|Technical Program Manager||7,410 MYR||+100%|
|Technical Project Manager||7,940 MYR||+120%|
|Wayleave Officer||2,400 MYR||-34%|
|Johor Bahru||3,510 MYR|
|Kota Kinabalu||3,670 MYR|
|Kuala Lumpur||4,020 MYR|
|Petaling Jaya||3,570 MYR|
|Shah Alam||3,770 MYR|
|Subang Jaya||3,220 MYR|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Malaysia earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.