The Salaries & Wages Survey is conducted by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia (DOSM) every year through household approach to collect information of monthly salaries & wages from the principal occupation of paid employees. Salaries & Wages Survey is carried out using probability sampling covering all states in Malaysia. Paid employee is defined in this survey as a person who works for at least six hours a day or at least 20 days a month. The total number of paid employees in 2017 was 8.7 million persons.
Salaries & Wages Survey Report is an annual publication which presents the principal statistics of salaries & wages for Malaysian that are the median and mean monthly salaries & wages by demographic and socioeconomic characteristics namely sex, age group, ethnic group, educational attainment, highest certificate obtained, strata, state, occupation and industry.
MEDIAN MONTHLY SALARIES & WAGES RECEIVED BY EMPLOYEES IN 2017 ROSE 7.7 PER CENT WHILE MEAN MONTHLY SALARIES & WAGES INCREASED 8.1 PER CENT
The value of median monthly salaries & wages received by employees rose 7.7 per cent per annum to RM2,160 from RM2,000 in 2016. Meanwhile, the mean monthly salaries & wages increased to RM2,880 as compared to RM2,657 in the previous year with the growth rate of 8.1 per cent. [Table 1]
MONTHLY SALARIES & WAGES OF EMPLOYEES BY SEX
Median monthly salaries & wages for both male and female employees posted high growth of 8.2 per cent and 7.0 per cent respectively. In terms of mean monthly salaries & wages, female employees recorded a higher growth of 9.1 per cent while male employees at 7.5 per cent. [Exhibit 1]
MONTHLY SALARIES & WAGES OF EMPLOYEES BY EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
The value of median and mean monthly salaries and wages for employees with tertiary education remained high, grew 3.0 per cent and 7.7 per cent respectively. [Chart 1]
MONTHLY SALARIES & WAGES OF EMPLOYEES BY STRATA
In 2017, the growth rate for median monthly salaries & wages of employees in the urban area increased by 6.6 per cent per annum to RM2,260. Meanwhile, the median monthly salaries & wages for employees in the rural area grew 3.6 per cent. The growth of mean monthly salaries & wages of employees in both urban and rural areas were higher at 7.7 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively. [Chart 2]
Detailed information regarding this report can be accessed through the eStatistik application in the Department of Statistics, Malaysia website, www.dosm.gov.my.
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
8 May 2018
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication & International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]dosm.gov.my