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2016, Mean monthly household income: RM6,958
In 2016, average household spend RM4,033 monthly
2016, Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest median monthly household income: RM9,073

Report of Household Income And Basic Amenities Survey 2016

Release Date : Monday 09, October 2017 1200



The Department of Statistics, Malaysia has conducted Household Income and Basic Amenities Survey (HIS&BA) in 2016 and 2017 to collect data on the characteristics of Malaysian household particularly on income and basic amenities. Personal interviewing approach was used for a period of twelve months starting from May 2016 until April 2017.   This survey used probability samples that represent all Malaysian household in Malaysia.



Median Income

Median monthly household income for Malaysian increased to RM5,228 in 2016 compared to  RM4,585 in 2014 with a growth rate of  6.6  per cent per annum at nominal value.  In terms of  real value1, median monthly household income grew at 4.4 per cent. Median monthly household income in the urban area increased 6.4 per cent per annum from RM5,156 in 2014 to RM5,860  in 2016.  Simultaneously, the median monthly household income in rural area also increased at 5.3 per cent per annum from RM3,123 (2014) to RM3,471 (2016).

Median Income by Household Group

The median income of the bottom 40% (B40), middle 40% (M40) and top 20% (T20) rose in 2016 as compared to 2014.  The household group M40 recorded the highest growth of 6.9  per cent per annum followed by the household group B40 (6.6%) and T20 (6.2%).

Chart 1:  Median monthly income by household group, Malaysia, 2014 and 2016


Median Income by State

W.P. Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest median monthly household income of RM9,073 followed by W.P. Putrajaya (RM8,275), Selangor (RM7,225), W.P. Labuan (RM5,928), Johor (RM5,652), Melaka (RM5,588) and Pulau Pinang (RM5,409).  Other states recorded median income that were below the national level of RM5,228. Terengganu registered the highest annual growth rate of median monthly household income at 10.9 per cent during the period of 2014 to 2016.  Six other states also surpassed the national median growth rate namely Perlis (9.2%), W.P. Kuala Lumpur (8.7%), Pahang (8.0%), Selangor (7.5%), Perak (7.5%) and Pulau Pinang (7.0%).

Chart 2: Median monthly household income by state , Malaysia, 2014 and  2016

Mean Income

Mean monthly household income for Malaysians has increased from RM6,141 in 2014 to RM6,958 in 2016, an  increase of 6.2 per cent in nominal value.   In terms of real value, mean monthly household income grew at 4.2 per cent per annum.  Mean monthly household income in urban area grew 5.8 per cent annually from RM6,833 to RM7,671 in the period  of  2014  to  2016.   Meanwhile  monthly  household   income  in  rural  area  increased  at  the  rate  of 6.5 per cent yearly from RM3,831 (2014) to RM4,359.


Mean Income by State

W.P. Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest mean monthly household income (RM11,692) in 2016 followed by W.P. Putrajaya (RM11,555), Selangor (RM9,463) and, W.P. Labuan (RM8,174).  Other states recorded mean monthly household income below the national level (RM6,958).

The mean monthly household income of all states has increased where five states exceeded the national growth rate of 6.2 per cent.  Terengganu recorded the highest growth rate of 9.1 per cent, followed by Perak (8.6%), Pahang (7.2%), Selangor (6.8%) and Kelantan (6.3%).

Chart 3:  Mean monthly household income by state , Malaysia, 2014 and  2016

Mean Income by  Household Group

All household groups recorded an increase  in the mean monthly household income during the period of 2014 to 2016. The M40 group recorded the highest annual growth rate of 6.9 per cent from RM5,662 in 2014 to RM6,502  in 2016.


Chart 4: Mean monthly income by household group, Malaysia, 2014 and  2016


Household Income by District Level

The districts of Sepang (RM8,174), Petaling (RM7,904), Gombak (RM7,903) , Hulu Langat (RM7,851), Klang (RM6,724) and Johor Bahru (RM6,518) recorded the highest median household income of the 140 administrative districts in the survey in 2016. Similar trend was shown in the mean household income. The ranks of the six highest groups remained unchanged as compared to 2014. Seventeen districts recorded higher median household income than the national level of RM5,228 and 11 districts registered mean household income above the national level of RM6,958.

Table 1:  Median and mean monthly household income for 20 administrative district 2016



The Gini Coefficient declined to 0.399 from 0.401 (2014). This indicating the improvement in the Malaysian household income distribution. Income distribution for urban strata declined to 0.389 from 0.391 (2014) , whilst household income distribution for rural strata rose  to 0.364 from 0.355 (2014).



The overall incidence of poverty has improved from 0.6 per cent in 2014 to 0.4 per cent in 2016.  Similarly, poverty incidence in the urban and rural areas depicted the same trend whereby it decreased to 0.2 per cent and 1.0 per cent respectively.  Incidence of poverty in all states have declined with the most significant improvement was Sabah from 4.0 per cent in 2014 to 2.9 per cent in 2016.

Note: 1 The calculation of real value refers to constant price using the Consumer Price Index with the base year 2010 as the deflator.


Released By:

9 October 2017

Contact person:

Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]stats.gov.my

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