I’ve always been curious on how much a medical officer would earn in the private sector and I’ve been doing some research for the past 1 year. Medical officers make up the majority bulk of doctors in Malaysia and that’s why I’m listing them down for the MOs instead of specialists or consultants. The list will give you a rough idea on how’s the market is like, for those who has the interest in venturing into the outside world.
Medical Officer UD 44 – RM 4,500 – RM 5,500 (inclusive of on-call claims and allowances)
Medical Officer UD 48 – RM 6,000 – RM 7,500 (inclusive of on-call claims and allowances) *revised*
Private Sector (Gross Pay per month)
Private Clinic Chains – RM 7,000 – RM 12,000
- Long working hours. May have to work from 9am-9pm with breaks in between. Some clinics offer ridiculously low starting pay so be wary. A good option if you plan to begin your journey as a family physician.
Pharmaceutical Company – RM 8,000 – RM 9,000
- Fixed working hours. However, not much of clinical work. Mainly involved in health talks and drug publicity.
Insurance Company – RM 7,000 – RM 9,000
- Fixed working hours too. Self explanatory. Boring stuff if you ask me.
Oil and Gas Company / Western Company – RM 11,000 – RM 15,000
- One of the highest paid sector. You’re hired as a private doctor for the company. Mainly to take care of their workers and families. Job offers are limited and you may be required to work offshore.
A&E of a private Hospital – RM 7,000 – RM 8,500
- Work in shifts.
Private University Lecturers / Clinics – RM 7,000 – RM 8,000
- Fixed working hours. If you like to teach, this may be a good starting point. If you’re into research, this may be another option too.
Healthcare Centers – RM 9,000 – RM 13,000
- Similar to clinics, these healthcare centers are run in a bigger scale with specialists and consultants. Work involves general practitioner stuff.
Aesthetic Centers – RM 9,000 – RM 15,000
- Another famous sector where everyone seems to be interested in, mainly because of the money involved. Most reputable centers do offer quite a deal. If you’re interested in beautifying someone, you may consider this.
Do take note that these figures are just gross pay. Which means income tax and EPF have not been deducted yet. When you’re working in the government, the basic pay is generally much lower, hence tax wise, is negligible. Allowances are not taxable. So, what you see is what you get on your pay slip. However, in the private sector, you’ll be paying an estimated RM 500 – RM 1,500 for income tax, depending on the amount that you’re earning. Therefore, for a gross pay of RM 10,000, you would probably take home about RM 8,500 after deducting income tax and EPF. Going into the private does not guarantee you a better life. There are pros and cons to it. However, if you do manage to make the right choice, you will have a better quality of life.