Average monthly salaries up by 4.4% in 2019

Chief statistician Mohd Uzir Mahidin expects the Covid-19 pandemic to affect this year’s salaries of employees.

PUTRAJAYA: The average monthly salary and wage received by employees in the country increased by 4.4% from RM3,087 in 2018 to RM3,224 in 2019.

Chief statistician Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the data was obtained from the 2019 Salaries and Wages Survey Report published by the Statistics Department today.

“The increase in salaries and wages in 2019 was in line with Malaysia’s economic performance which recorded 4.4% growth at current prices in 2019,” he said in a statement here today.

The report provides the main statistics for salaries and wages, based on demography and the economy.

Uzir said salary and wage recipients in Malaysia totalled 9.2 million in 2019, up by 5% from 8.8 million in 2018.

Chief statistician Mohd Uzir Mahidin.

The median monthly salary and wage recorded an increase of 5.8% from RM2,308 in 2018 to RM2,441 in 2019.

“In 2019, the median salary and wage received by male employees was RM2,477 and female employees RM2,370 which saw an increase of 5.8% and 6.8% respectively compared with 2018.

“The mean monthly salary and wage for male employees increased by 4.1% to RM3,304 and for female employees by 5% to RM3,108 respectively compared with the previous year.

“Meanwhile, the median and mean monthly salaries and wages for employees with tertiary education remained high, with 6.9% and 2% growth respectively,” said Uzir.

The report also shows the median and mean monthly salaries and income for employees in the urban areas up by 6.2% to RM2,565 compared with those in the rural areas, which rose to RM1,560 at a rate of 5.3%.

Meanwhile, the mean monthly salary and wage showed a reversing trend whereby the percentage change in the rural areas was higher at 6%, compared to employees in the urban areas with 4% in 2019.

Uzir said it was expected that the Covid-19 pandemic would affect this year’s salaries and wages received by employees, especially in the wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, and transportation and storage sectors.

“Besides that, the accommodation industry, food and beverage services, and the arts, entertainment and recreational sectors are also expected to be affected by the enforcement of the movement control order,” he added.