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Honolulu Employment

Employment and Industries in the Honolulu, Hawaii Area

Honolulu serves as the business and trading center for the Hawaiian Islands. The Honolulu economy is powered by tourism, military, the defense contracting industry, manufacturing and research and development. Tourism typically contributes 10 billion dollars a year to Honolulu. Agriculture and aqua-culture are also significant economic factors. The Marine Base Kaneohe, the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Schofield Barracks also add to the economy.

The economy is diversifying into other sectors such as alternative energy, information and communications technologies, science-biotech, astronomy and space sciences, marine sciences and defense-dual use technologies. In addition, the Kapolei region includes one of Hawaii's largest industrial parks. Also, the Honolulu Harbor has a prominent Foreign Trade Zone. Numerous major shipping companies serve the port.

The One-Stop Workforce Assistance Centers are managed by the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The centers include job placement and training systems to assist people find jobs and employers find qualified employees. The centers also offer the Employment Training Fund which offers a job skills upgrade program for current workers.

The largest employers in Honolulu are provided below:

  • Schofield Barracks
  • Bank of Hawaii
  • Queen's Medical Center
  • Tripler Army Medical Center
  • Honolulu Police Department
  • St Francis Hospital
  • Aloha Airlines
  • Kapiolani Medical Center
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach
  • Straub Clinic & Hospital
  • Honolulu Intl Airport - HNL
  • Oahu Transit SVC
  • Kuakini Emergency SVC
  • Kuakini Health System
  • Adjutant General
  • Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Sheraton
  • HMSA Hawaii Medical SVC
  • Castle Medical Center
  • Honolulu Environmental SVC
  • Servco Pacific Inc
  • Royal Hawaiian Hotel
  • Honolulu Advertiser
  • Del Monte Foods
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort

Honolulu's major employment sectors are:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Professional and business services
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Finance

Notable information about Honolulu: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 181.5 which is very high when compared to the national average of 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $55,000. Approximately 31% of the residents of Honolulu have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Honolulu companies have access to helpful business organizations including:

The Hawaii Business Magazine offers current information about the business endeavors in Honolulu.

Jobs in Honolulu

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 462500 $51080 $24.56 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 66720 $38850 $18.68 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 53880 $28670 $13.78 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 43680 $36350 $17.47 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 33800 $52460 $25.22 6.15
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30860 $47620 $22.89 6.45
7 Management Occupations 27910 $101720 $48.9 6.05
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 24880 $66330 $31.89 4.4
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 24670 $91210 $43.85 5.75
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 22190 $66650 $32.05 5.05
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 21340 $32460 $15.61 3.7
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 17210 $54660 $26.28 3.8
13 Retail Salespersons 16320 $27900 $13.41 3.1
14 Protective Service Occupations 15320 $45460 $21.86 2.25
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 14210 $33890 $16.3 3.05
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 13910 $29430 $14.15 4.1
17 Production Occupations 11710 $39480 $18.98 5.85
18 Cashiers 11500 $22500 $10.82 2.25
19 Waiters and Waitresses 9840 $34690 $16.68 1.6
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 9620 $22990 $11.05 2.15
21 Office Clerks, General 9280 $33810 $16.25 2
22 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 9020 $27390 $13.17 1.6
23 Registered Nurses 8940 $89290 $42.93 1.9
24 General and Operations Managers 8440 $111690 $53.7 1.4
25 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 8210 $81750 $39.3 1.65
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 8140 $78920 $37.94 2.8
27 Security Guards 8100 $29660 $14.26 0.7
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 7540 $51990 $25 1.65
29 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 7440 $49880 $23.98 1.7
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 7350 $40070 $19.27 1.6
31 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 6620 $37930 $18.24 1
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 5830 $28420 $13.66 1.2
33 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 5720 $36350 $17.47 1.6
34 Food Preparation Workers 5650 $24660 $11.86 0.6
35 Customer Service Representatives 5470 $37180 $17.88 1.75
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 5110 $56360 $27.1 1
37 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 5040 $72250 $34.74 0.9
38 Cooks, Restaurant 4780 $29650 $14.25 0.75
39 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 4730 $43810 $21.06 0.9
40 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 4630 $40240 $19.35 1.1
41 Substitute Teachers 4620 $43170 $20.76 0
42 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 4300 $68150 $32.76 0.7
43 Construction Laborers 4220 $57910 $27.84 0.8
44 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 4170 $46660 $22.43 1
45 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 4100 $22910 $11.01 0.3
46 Nursing Assistants 4030 $31790 $15.29 1.05
47 Accountants and Auditors 3870 $62180 $29.9 0.9
48 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 3770 $28880 $13.88 0.8
49 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 3620 $35250 $16.95 0.6
50 Legal Occupations 3550 $83770 $40.27 0.8
51 Carpenters 3470 $71460 $34.36 0.6
52 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 3410 $26440 $12.71 0.3
53 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 3360 $37960 $18.25 0.6
54 Home Health Aides 3030 $26740 $12.85 0.7
55 Electricians 2930 $75750 $36.42 0.4
56 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2700 $47410 $22.79 1
57 Dishwashers 2580 $25620 $12.32 0.3
58 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2570 $31280 $15.04 0.7
59 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2540 $45920 $22.08 1.2
60 Personal Care Aides 2520 $25290 $12.16 1.3
61 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2450 $53700 $25.82 0.6
62 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 2390 $23210 $11.16 0.25
63 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 2390 $53410 $25.68 0.5
64 Medical Assistants 2350 $35270 $16.96 0.45
65 Management Analysts 2040 $77500 $37.26 0.5
66 Childcare Workers 1990 $21240 $10.21 0.8
67 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 1900 $43050 $20.7 0.1
68 Recreation Workers 1860 $28250 $13.58 0.3
69 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1850 $71930 $34.58 0.45
70 Civil Engineers 1840 $83060 $39.93 0.2
71 Managers, All Other 1830 $89820 $43.18 0.65
72 Bartenders 1810 $36010 $17.31 0.4
73 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1810 $24510 $11.78 0.45
74 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 1810 $60070 $28.88 0.2
75 Lawyers 1800 $107980 $51.91 0.5
76 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1790 $45030 $21.65 0.5
77 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1780 $76650 $36.85 0.4
78 Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 1780 $33660 $16.18 0.1
79 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1730 $76300 $36.68 0.3
80 Cooks, Fast Food 1730 $26670 $12.82 0.3
81 Financial Managers 1710 $108470 $52.15 0.4
82 Sales Managers 1670 $89730 $43.14 0.2
83 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1620 $68790 $33.07 0.3
84 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 1600 $53190 $25.57 0.2
85 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1550 $39040 $18.77 0.4
86 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 1500 $32970 $15.85 0.2
87 Chief Executives 1500 $178400 $85.77 0.2
88 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 1490 $77590 $37.3 0.2
89 Construction Managers 1450 $102490 $49.28 0.2
90 Computer Occupations, All Other 1410 $88390 $42.5 0.2
91 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 1380 $41490 $19.95 0.2
92 Parking Lot Attendants 1350 $22890 $11.01 0.1
93 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1350 $35360 $17 0.3
94 Tellers 1340 $26790 $12.88 0.3
95 Human Resources Specialists 1300 $62020 $29.82 0.3
96 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 1290 $27100 $13.03 0.2
97 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 1280 $29910 $14.38 0.2
98 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1270 $82220 $39.53 0.3
99 Pharmacy Technicians 1260 $36590 $17.59 0.25
100 Food Service Managers 1250 $58000 $27.88 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Honolulu Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 51,080 462,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,850 66,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 28,670 53,880
Sales and Related Occupations 36,350 43,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,460 33,800
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 47,620 30,860
Management Occupations 101,720 27,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations 66,330 24,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 91,210 24,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,650 22,190
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,460 21,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 54,660 17,210
Retail Salespersons 27,900 16,320
Protective Service Occupations 45,460 15,320
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,890 14,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 29,430 13,910
Production Occupations 39,480 11,710
Cashiers 22,500 11,500
Waiters and Waitresses 34,690 9,840
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 22,990 9,620
Office Clerks, General 33,810 9,280
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,390 9,020
Registered Nurses 89,290 8,940
General and Operations Managers 111,690 8,440
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,750 8,210
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,920 8,140
Security Guards 29,660 8,100
Community and Social Service Occupations 51,990 7,540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,880 7,440
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,070 7,350
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 37,930 6,620
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,420 5,830
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 36,350 5,720
Food Preparation Workers 24,660 5,650
Customer Service Representatives 37,180 5,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,360 5,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 72,250 5,040
Cooks, Restaurant 29,650 4,780
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 43,810 4,730
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,240 4,630
Substitute Teachers 43,170 4,620
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 68,150 4,300
Construction Laborers 57,910 4,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,660 4,170
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 22,910 4,100
Nursing Assistants 31,790 4,030
Accountants and Auditors 62,180 3,870
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,880 3,770
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,250 3,620
Legal Occupations 83,770 3,550

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Honolulu, Hawaii Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 51,080 462,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,850 66,720
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 28,670 53,880
Sales and Related Occupations 36,350 43,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,460 33,800
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 47,620 30,860
Management Occupations 101,720 27,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations 66,330 24,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 91,210 24,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,650 22,190
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,460 21,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 54,660 17,210
Retail Salespersons 27,900 16,320
Protective Service Occupations 45,460 15,320
Healthcare Support Occupations 33,890 14,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 29,430 13,910
Production Occupations 39,480 11,710
Waiters and Waitresses 34,690 9,840
Office Clerks, General 33,810 9,280
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,390 9,020
Registered Nurses 89,290 8,940
General and Operations Managers 111,690 8,440
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,750 8,210
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,920 8,140
Security Guards 29,660 8,100
Community and Social Service Occupations 51,990 7,540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,880 7,440
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,070 7,350
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 37,930 6,620
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,420 5,830
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 36,350 5,720
Customer Service Representatives 37,180 5,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,360 5,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 72,250 5,040
Cooks, Restaurant 29,650 4,780
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 43,810 4,730
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,240 4,630
Substitute Teachers 43,170 4,620
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 68,150 4,300
Construction Laborers 57,910 4,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,660 4,170
Nursing Assistants 31,790 4,030
Accountants and Auditors 62,180 3,870
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,880 3,770
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,250 3,620
Legal Occupations 83,770 3,550
Carpenters 71,460 3,470
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 26,440 3,410
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 37,960 3,360
Home Health Aides 26,740 3,030

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