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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Malaysia 2022

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
6,990 MYR
( 83,800 MYR yearly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in Malaysia typically earns around 6,990 MYR per month. Salaries range from 3,350 MYR (lowest average) to 12,700 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 Teaching / Education 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
Academic Advisor6,940 MYR
Academic Coach7,280 MYR
Academic Manager8,170 MYR
Academic Specialist6,350 MYR
Academic Staff5,120 MYR
Accompanist5,660 MYR
Achievement Coach6,930 MYR
Admissions Specialist6,040 MYR
Agricultural Sciences Teacher5,470 MYR
Anthropology Teacher5,380 MYR
Arabic Language Teacher5,090 MYR
Archeology Teacher5,580 MYR
Architecture Teacher6,250 MYR
Archivist4,700 MYR
Art Teacher5,370 MYR
Assistant School Principal7,250 MYR
Assistant Teacher4,890 MYR
Biochemistry Professor 10,000 MYR
Biology Teacher5,840 MYR
Bursary Scheme Manager6,630 MYR
Business Teacher5,770 MYR
Chemistry Teacher5,200 MYR
Child Care Coordinator5,530 MYR
Child Care Worker4,590 MYR
Clinical School Psychologist8,490 MYR
College Aide6,930 MYR
College and Career Readiness Specialist7,570 MYR
College President12,400 MYR
Communications Teacher5,720 MYR
Community Education Officer4,890 MYR
Computer Science Teacher5,230 MYR
Computer Teacher5,230 MYR
Creative Writing Trainer6,650 MYR
Credit Counselor6,830 MYR
Cultural Studies Teacher5,150 MYR
Curriculum Developer7,320 MYR
Curriculum Specialist7,020 MYR
Demonstrator5,000 MYR
Deputy Controller of Examinations6,930 MYR
Director of Learning Technology7,200 MYR
Distance Learning Coordinator6,040 MYR
Economics Lecturer9,390 MYR
Education Administrator6,400 MYR
Education Assistant Director7,030 MYR
Education Assistant Principal6,060 MYR
Education Assistant Professor7,520 MYR
Education Consultant7,910 MYR
Education Coordinator5,740 MYR
Education Counselor6,500 MYR
Education Director10,100 MYR
Education Program Specialist7,150 MYR
Education Researcher8,320 MYR
Education Resource Specialist5,900 MYR
Education Services Facilitator6,420 MYR
Educational Psychologist8,930 MYR
EFL Teacher5,440 MYR
eLearning Trainer4,830 MYR
Elementary School Teacher4,630 MYR
Engineering Lecturer8,960 MYR
Engineering Teacher7,830 MYR
English Teacher5,250 MYR
ESL Teacher5,440 MYR
Faculty Assistant6,650 MYR
Foreign Language Teacher5,180 MYR
GED Teacher5,100 MYR
Geography Teacher5,390 MYR
Head of Mathematics Department7,350 MYR
Head of School9,530 MYR
High School Teacher6,200 MYR
History Teacher5,500 MYR
Infant Teacher4,120 MYR
Instructional Assistant5,890 MYR
Instructor6,440 MYR
Kindergarten Teacher4,500 MYR
Language Instructor For Expatriate4,580 MYR
Law Teacher7,680 MYR
Learning Designer6,670 MYR
Lecturer9,690 MYR
Librarian4,580 MYR
Library Assistant3,710 MYR
Library Director6,760 MYR
Library Specialist4,780 MYR
Life Sciences Teacher5,470 MYR
Math Lecturer10,200 MYR
Mathematics Teacher6,500 MYR
Mentor6,110 MYR
Middle School Teacher5,660 MYR
Music Teacher5,370 MYR
Nursery Manager8,170 MYR
Nursery Worker3,490 MYR
Paraprofessional7,200 MYR
Physical Education Specialist6,200 MYR
Physical Education Teacher4,750 MYR
Physics Teacher 5,460 MYR
Political Science Teacher6,070 MYR
Post Doctoral Researcher8,660 MYR
Preschool Education Administrator6,310 MYR
Preschool Teacher4,450 MYR
Primary School Teacher5,150 MYR
Principal7,920 MYR
Product Specialist6,250 MYR
Professor - Accounting10,300 MYR
Professor - Architecture9,760 MYR
Professor - Biology9,730 MYR
Professor - Business Administration9,770 MYR
Professor - Chemical Engineering9,980 MYR
Professor - Chemistry10,100 MYR
Professor - Civil Engineering9,680 MYR
Professor - Communication9,880 MYR
Professor - Computer Science9,700 MYR
Professor - Dentistry10,400 MYR
Professor - Drama9,870 MYR
Professor - Economics9,920 MYR
Professor - Education10,100 MYR
Professor - Electrical Engineering10,800 MYR
Professor - English9,100 MYR
Professor - Environmental Engineering10,000 MYR
Professor - Foreign Languages9,600 MYR
Professor - Geological Sciences10,200 MYR
Professor - History9,620 MYR
Professor - Industrial Engineering9,830 MYR
Professor - Law11,000 MYR
Professor - Legal Support9,120 MYR
Professor - Liberal Arts9,820 MYR
Professor - Marketing10,000 MYR
Professor - Mathematics11,000 MYR
Professor - Mechanical Engineering10,100 MYR
Professor - Medical Administration10,500 MYR
Professor - Medicine12,100 MYR
Professor - Music9,530 MYR
Professor - Nursing9,130 MYR
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences9,920 MYR
Professor - Philosophy10,300 MYR
Professor - Physical Therapy10,100 MYR
Professor - Physics10,700 MYR
Professor - Psychology10,000 MYR
Professor - Rehabilitation8,710 MYR
Professor - Social Work8,820 MYR
Professor - Sociology9,930 MYR
Professor - Special Education10,400 MYR
Psychology Teacher8,530 MYR
Public Management Assistant Professor8,670 MYR
School Counselor7,510 MYR
Science Educator5,540 MYR
Science Laboratory Assistant4,900 MYR
Science Teacher5,640 MYR
Secondary Mathematics Teacher5,750 MYR
Secondary School Teacher5,630 MYR
Special Education Teacher5,770 MYR
Special Needs Assistant4,850 MYR
Statistics Lecturer9,490 MYR
Student Accounts Coordinator5,550 MYR
Student Development Specialist6,240 MYR
Student Employment Specialist6,110 MYR
Student Services4,900 MYR
Student Support Manager6,670 MYR
Substitute Teacher4,770 MYR
Teacher4,950 MYR
Teacher Aide4,420 MYR
Teacher Trainer6,800 MYR
Training and Development Specialist7,240 MYR
Training Coordinator5,200 MYR
Tutor5,580 MYR
University Teacher9,580 MYR
Vocational Education Teacher5,150 MYR

Teaching / Education Jobs Salary Distribution in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution monthly Malaysia Teaching / Education
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Teaching / Education salaries in Malaysia range from 3,350 MYR per month (minimum average salary) to 12,700 MYR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,570 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 6,570 MYR while the other half are earning more than 6,570 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 Teaching / Education are earning less than 4,460 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,460 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 9,080 MYR while 25% are earning more than 9,080 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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.

Teaching / Education Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Teaching / Education
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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 Teaching / Education earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

7,250 MYR
6,600 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia
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Teaching / Education Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Teaching / Education professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Teaching / Education

Teaching / Education professionals in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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 Teaching / Education
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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 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Malaysia for the year 2021. 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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Teaching / Education Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Teaching / Education
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Teaching / Education 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.

51% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

Teaching / Education Hourly Average Wage in Malaysia

40 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 40 MYR. This means that the average person in Malaysia earns approximately 40 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.

Teaching / Education VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Teaching / Education and Teaching / Education monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Teaching / Education is 6% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang6,360 MYR
Ipoh7,470 MYR
Johor Bahru7,040 MYR
Klang6,480 MYR
Kota Kinabalu6,940 MYR
Kuala Lumpur7,570 MYR
Kuching6,780 MYR
Petaling Jaya7,360 MYR
Shah Alam7,210 MYR
Subang Jaya6,610 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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