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Human Resources Average Salaries in Malaysia 2021

How much money does a person working in Human Resources make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
6,230 MYR
( 74,800 MYR yearly)


A person working in Human Resources in Malaysia typically earns around 6,230 MYR per month. Salaries range from 2,650 MYR (lowest average) to 10,800 MYR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

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

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Benefits Administrator4,470 MYR
Benefits Analyst5,000 MYR
Benefits Manager8,700 MYR
Chief People Officer10,500 MYR
Compensation Analyst5,300 MYR
Compensation and Benefits Manager8,530 MYR
Compensation and Benefits Officer3,530 MYR
Compensation Manager8,350 MYR
Corporate Director of Human Resources10,600 MYR
Corporate Trainer5,410 MYR
Employee Benefits Administrator6,090 MYR
Employee Communications Manager7,650 MYR
Employee Development Specialist6,810 MYR
Employee Engagement Specialist6,820 MYR
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator6,720 MYR
Employee Performance Specialist5,240 MYR
Employee Relations Manager7,580 MYR
Employee Relations Practitioner7,880 MYR
Employee Services Manager7,800 MYR
Employment Advice Worker3,400 MYR
Employment Interviewer5,050 MYR
Employment Service Specialist4,280 MYR
Employment Services Coordinator4,700 MYR
Enrollment Counselor6,480 MYR
Equal Opportunity Representative5,510 MYR
Executive Human Capital Management10,900 MYR
Executive Recruiter7,400 MYR
Expatriate Administration Manager7,570 MYR
Expatriate Administration Supervisor4,800 MYR
Global Mobility Manager9,280 MYR
Headhunter7,470 MYR
Health Benefits Coordinator4,470 MYR
HRIS Analyst3,950 MYR
HRIS Manager6,290 MYR
HRIS Supervisor3,720 MYR
Human Resources Administration Specialist4,030 MYR
Human Resources Administrator4,640 MYR
Human Resources Advisor7,220 MYR
Human Resources Analyst6,200 MYR
Human Resources Assessor3,990 MYR
Human Resources Assistant Manager7,600 MYR
Human Resources Associate2,740 MYR
Human Resources Consultant8,130 MYR
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager6,270 MYR
Human Resources Generalist5,560 MYR
Human Resources Manager9,800 MYR
Human Resources Officer4,000 MYR
Human Resources Representative3,980 MYR
Human Resources Section Head6,460 MYR
Human Resources Superintendent3,700 MYR
Human Resources Training Executive7,280 MYR
Industrial Organizational Psychologist8,970 MYR
Job Evaluation Specialist7,070 MYR
Labor Relations Director8,430 MYR
Labor Relations Manager8,680 MYR
Labor Relations Specialist3,930 MYR
Learning and Development Manager8,730 MYR
Occupational Health and Safety Officer3,940 MYR
Organizational Development Consultant7,910 MYR
Organizational Development Manager9,000 MYR
Organizational Development Specialist4,690 MYR
Payroll Assistant3,470 MYR
Payroll Supervisor4,330 MYR
People Development Officer5,460 MYR
Personnel Officer2,940 MYR
Records Clerk2,590 MYR
Records Manager4,360 MYR
Recruiter7,400 MYR
Recruiting Coordinator3,840 MYR
Recruiting Manager10,000 MYR
Recruitment Consultant7,010 MYR
Recruitment Officer3,840 MYR
Recruitment Supervisor6,060 MYR
Research Associate3,500 MYR
SAP Resource Manager7,580 MYR
Talent Acquisition Specialist5,510 MYR
Talent Management Officer4,510 MYR
Training and Development Section Head7,730 MYR
Training Executive8,530 MYR
Training Officer3,710 MYR

Human Resources Jobs Salary Distribution in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution monthly Malaysia Human Resources
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources salaries in Malaysia range from 2,650 MYR per month (minimum average salary) to 10,800 MYR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,480 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 6,480 MYR while the other half are earning more than 6,480 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 people working in Human Resources are earning less than 4,110 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,110 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 8,980 MYR while 25% are earning more than 8,980 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

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 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.

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.

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.

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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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 degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

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.

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 cerificate 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 32,900 Malaysian Ringgit(s) to 98,800 Malaysian Ringgit(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you 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 into 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 your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Human Resources Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Human Resources
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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 employees in Malaysia who work in Human Resources earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

6,490 MYR
6,080 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Human Resources Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Human Resources professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Human Resources

Human Resources professionals 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 Human Resources
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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

Information Technology

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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Human Resources Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Human Resources
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Human Resources is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

46% of surveyed staff in Human Resources 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.

Human Resources Hourly Average Wage in Malaysia

36 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 36 MYR. This means that the average person in Malaysia earns approximately 36 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.

Human Resources VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Human Resources and Human Resources monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Human Resources is 5% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang5,670 MYR
Ipoh6,660 MYR
Johor Bahru6,280 MYR
Klang5,780 MYR
Kota Kinabalu6,190 MYR
Kuala Lumpur6,750 MYR
Kuching6,050 MYR
Petaling Jaya6,560 MYR
Shah Alam6,430 MYR
Subang Jaya5,890 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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