If you’re a graduate fresh out of university, you’re probably wondering what your first pay cheque would look like. And with widespread reports of millennials demanding starting salaries as high as RM6,500, you certainly don’t want to start off on the wrong foot with your potential employer.
So what’s a realistic number? Based on JobStreet Malaysia’s 2017 Salary Report, salaries for entry level positions can start as low as RM800 to as high as RM5,533. On average, however, fresh graduates can expect a starting salary between RM1,800 to RM2,600.
But not all jobs are created equal. JobStreet’s Salary Report indicates that certain job functions demand higher basic salaries than others.
So which jobs have a higher starting pay and which ones have a better salary progression?
Find the answers in our infographic below.
(Illustration by Yazmyn Khairuddin)
Remember that salary should just be one of the many factors when choosing your first employer. Prioritise learning and gaining experience, and always look at long-term career growth. If you excel in your career, you will eventually see substantial gains in your income as you cement your footing in the workforce.