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Administrative Assistant Average Salary in Malaysia 2021

How much money does an Administrative Assistant make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
3,640 MYR
( 43,700 MYR yearly)


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 Salary Distribution in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution monthly Malaysia Administrative Assistant
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Administrative Assistant salaries in Malaysia range from 1,750 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 5,720 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • Percentiles

    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.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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

Administrative Assistant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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.

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.

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.

Administrative Assistant average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
2,050 MYR
2 - 5 Years+42%
2,900 MYR
5 - 10 Years+31%
3,810 MYR
10 - 15 Years+23%
4,680 MYR
15 - 20 Years+6%
4,980 MYR
20+ Years+10%
5,460 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Administrative Assistant Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Administrative Assistant(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Malaysia Administrative Assistant
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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.

Administrative Assistant average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

High School
2,540 MYR
Certificate or Diploma+47%
3,730 MYR
Bachelor's Degree+34%
5,000 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Administrative Assistant Salary Comparison By Gender

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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? Male Administrative Assistant employees in Malaysia earn 6% less than their female counterparts on average.

3,550 MYR
3,790 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Administrative Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Administrative Assistant(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Administrative Assistant

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.

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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

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.

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%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Administrative Assistant Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Administrative Assistant
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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.

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.

Administrative Assistant Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia

21 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 21 MYR. This means that the average Administrative Assistant in Malaysia earns approximately 21 MYR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

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.

Administrative Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Administrative Assistant and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Malaysia
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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist7,520 MYR+110%
Administrative Aide2,590 MYR-29%
Administrative Analyst5,000 MYR+37%
Administrative Assistant3,640 MYR=
Administrative Associate3,520 MYR-3%
Administrative Manager5,140 MYR+41%
Administrative Receptionist3,330 MYR-9%
Board Secretary3,210 MYR-12%
Central Office Operator3,200 MYR-12%
Clerk2,300 MYR-37%
Commercial Administrator4,640 MYR+27%
Commissions Processor4,170 MYR+15%
Conveyancing Secretary2,910 MYR-20%
Document Controller2,930 MYR-20%
Document Management Specialist4,080 MYR+12%
Executive Assistant3,610 MYR-1%
Executive Personal Assistant4,430 MYR+22%
Executive Secretary3,740 MYR+3%
Front Desk Attendant3,140 MYR-14%
Front Desk Coordinator4,080 MYR+12%
Front Desk Manager5,200 MYR+43%
Group Services Manager8,920 MYR+150%
Head Receptionist3,820 MYR+5%
Key Account Assistant3,900 MYR+7%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator2,160 MYR-41%
Leasing Administrator4,330 MYR+19%
Legal Secretary3,400 MYR-7%
Librarian4,080 MYR+12%
Mailroom Manager3,790 MYR+4%
Management Support Secretary3,400 MYR-7%
Master Programme Coordinator6,760 MYR+86%
Medical Receptionist3,490 MYR-4%
Meeting and Event Assistant3,950 MYR+9%
Meeting and Event Manager8,050 MYR+120%
Night Manager4,950 MYR+36%
Office Administrator5,250 MYR+44%
Office Assistant2,370 MYR-35%
Office Manager5,970 MYR+64%
Office Services Coordinator4,590 MYR+26%
Operations Analyst6,860 MYR+88%
Operations Manager8,900 MYR+140%
Personal Assistant3,260 MYR-10%
Planning Assistant3,960 MYR+9%
Process Expert5,010 MYR+38%
Program Coordinator4,850 MYR+33%
Programme Assistant4,200 MYR+15%
Project Administrator5,720 MYR+57%
Project Coordinator7,130 MYR+96%
Reception Team Lead4,210 MYR+16%
Receptionist3,260 MYR-10%
Records Officer2,800 MYR-23%
Schedule Officer2,300 MYR-37%
School Secretary3,260 MYR-10%
Secretary2,850 MYR-22%
Switchboard Operator2,880 MYR-21%
Technical Program Manager7,410 MYR+100%
Technical Project Manager7,940 MYR+120%
Typist2,560 MYR-30%
Wayleave Officer2,400 MYR-34%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang3,210 MYR
Ipoh3,820 MYR
Johor Bahru3,510 MYR
Klang3,190 MYR
Kota Kinabalu3,670 MYR
Kuala Lumpur4,020 MYR
Kuching3,510 MYR
Petaling Jaya3,570 MYR
Shah Alam3,770 MYR
Subang Jaya3,220 MYR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
6,310 MYR
Public Sector+9%
6,880 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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