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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Malaysia 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
5,150 MYR
( 61,800 MYR yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Malaysia typically earns around 5,150 MYR per month. Salaries range from 2,470 MYR (lowest) to 8,090 MYR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Laboratory Technician salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Laboratory Technician Salary Distribution in Malaysia

Median and salary distribution monthly Malaysia Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Malaysia range from 2,470 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 8,090 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,360 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 5,360 MYR while the other half are earning more than 5,360 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 Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 3,520 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,520 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 6,990 MYR while 25% are earning more than 6,990 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

Laboratory Technician 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 Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,890 MYR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,100 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 5,390 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, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,630 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 7,050 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 7,720 MYR per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
2,890 MYR
2 - 5 Years+42%
4,100 MYR
5 - 10 Years+31%
5,390 MYR
10 - 15 Years+23%
6,630 MYR
15 - 20 Years+6%
7,050 MYR
20+ Years+10%
7,720 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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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 Laboratory Technician salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 4,550 MYR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 6,510 MYR per month, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

Bachelor's Degree
4,550 MYR
Master's Degree+43%
6,510 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Laboratory Technician
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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 Laboratory Technician employees in Malaysia earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

5,370 MYR
5,020 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 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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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Laboratory Technician
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A Laboratory Technician 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.

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% 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.

Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia

30 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 30 MYR. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Malaysia earns approximately 30 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.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Laboratory Technician and Health and Medical monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 37% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Admitting Officer4,970 MYR-3%
Ambulance Dispatcher5,240 MYR+2%
Ambulance Driver4,480 MYR-13%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic5,250 MYR+2%
Ambulatory Services Director10,000 MYR+94%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor11,300 MYR+120%
Anesthesia Technician7,420 MYR+44%
Anesthesiologist19,800 MYR+280%
Anesthesiology Assistant7,490 MYR+45%
Assistant Optometrist5,830 MYR+13%
Audiologist12,400 MYR+140%
Biomedical Engineering Director8,830 MYR+71%
Biomedical Engineering Technician4,780 MYR-7%
Cardiac Technician4,760 MYR-8%
Cardiovascular Specialist25,100 MYR+390%
Cardiovascular Technologist9,800 MYR+90%
Central Sterile Processing Technician5,610 MYR+9%
Charge Entry Specialist6,310 MYR+23%
Clinical Application Specialist6,230 MYR+21%
Clinical Biochemist12,000 MYR+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist9,510 MYR+85%
Clinical Data Reviewer6,410 MYR+24%
Clinical Development Specialist7,470 MYR+45%
Clinical Field Associate6,170 MYR+20%
Clinical Genetic Technologist10,000 MYR+94%
Clinical Microbiologist12,900 MYR+150%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist11,100 MYR+120%
Clinical Neuropsychologist12,900 MYR+150%
Clinical Research Coordinator7,010 MYR+36%
Clinical Scientist12,700 MYR+150%
CME Specialist10,500 MYR+100%
CT Technologist6,290 MYR+22%
Cytogenetic Technologist8,740 MYR+70%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer7,350 MYR+43%
Dispensing Optician6,120 MYR+19%
Dosimetrist8,930 MYR+73%
EKG Technician5,700 MYR+11%
Endoscopic Assistant5,310 MYR+3%
Endoscopy Technician5,070 MYR-2%
Enterostomal Therapist8,430 MYR+64%
Epidemiologist10,900 MYR+110%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian5,250 MYR+2%
Health Systems Specialist8,110 MYR+57%
Health Technologist8,490 MYR+65%
Healthcare Data Analyst6,570 MYR+28%
Hearing Aid Specialist6,730 MYR+31%
Histotechnologist7,890 MYR+53%
Immunologist11,500 MYR+120%
Industrial Hygienist8,840 MYR+72%
Infection Control Coordinator6,010 MYR+17%
Infection Control Practitioner13,900 MYR+170%
Infection Preventionist9,310 MYR+81%
Informatics Practice Specialist7,710 MYR+50%
Interventional Radiographer10,600 MYR+110%
Lab Assistant4,850 MYR-6%
Laboratory Manager9,500 MYR+84%
Laboratory Technician5,150 MYR=
Low Vision Therapist11,800 MYR+130%
Mammography Technician5,030 MYR-2%
Medical Coder4,670 MYR-9%
Medical Courier3,400 MYR-34%
Medical Equipment Preparer5,410 MYR+5%
Medical Forms Designer4,200 MYR-18%
Medical Technologist5,550 MYR+8%
MRI Technologist5,360 MYR+4%
Music Therapist7,650 MYR+49%
Neonatologist13,700 MYR+170%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian5,280 MYR+3%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant4,660 MYR-10%
Nuclear Medical Technician6,940 MYR+35%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist7,300 MYR+42%
Nutrition Assistant5,100 MYR-1%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant5,500 MYR+7%
Operating Room Scheduler4,740 MYR-8%
Operating Room Services Director15,200 MYR+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant5,420 MYR+5%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician5,580 MYR+8%
Optician11,800 MYR+130%
Orthopedic Technician5,810 MYR+13%
Orthoptist14,600 MYR+180%
Orthotist15,000 MYR+190%
Pathology Assistant5,090 MYR-1%
Perfusionist15,800 MYR+210%
Phlebotomist3,840 MYR-25%
Pre Authorization Case Manager7,830 MYR+52%
Prosthetist12,800 MYR+150%
Radiation Therapist18,300 MYR+260%
Radiation Therapy Technologist7,650 MYR+49%
Radiographer11,700 MYR+130%
Radiography Technologist7,130 MYR+38%
Radiologic Technologist7,200 MYR+40%
Radiology Technologist7,650 MYR+49%
Respiratory Care Practitioner14,600 MYR+180%
Respiratory Therapist10,100 MYR+96%
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Sonographer7,730 MYR+50%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang4,570 MYR
Ipoh5,240 MYR
Johor Bahru5,190 MYR
Klang4,900 MYR
Kota Kinabalu4,990 MYR
Kuala Lumpur5,450 MYR
Kuching5,130 MYR
Petaling Jaya5,160 MYR
Shah Alam5,310 MYR
Subang Jaya4,640 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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