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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations460520$54,030$25.97100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations65250$40,420$19.4314.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations54000$31,960$15.378.55
4Sales and Related Occupations43430$36,930$17.769.9
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations33990$53,950$25.946.05
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations29450$50,160$24.126.55
7Management Occupations26830$107,750$51.816.15
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations24250$98,520$47.375.8
9Construction and Extraction Occupations23820$68,800$33.084.45
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations23370$69,830$33.575.25
11Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations21900$34,090$16.393.65
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations18420$56,580$27.23.8
13Retail Salespersons16110$28,970$13.932.85
14Personal Care and Service Occupations15340$30,320$14.584.3
15Healthcare Support Occupations14880$35,080$16.873
16Cashiers11170$23,280$11.192.2
17Waiters and Waitresses10800$43,210$20.771.7
18Production Occupations10790$41,700$20.055.7
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food9930$23,450$11.272.3
20Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners9080$29,030$13.951.55
21Computer and Mathematical Occupations8730$80,950$38.922.9
22Registered Nurses8480$98,190$47.211.95
23Architecture and Engineering Occupations8130$82,090$39.461.7
24Office Clerks, General7870$33,830$16.261.9
25Security Guards7580$31,730$15.260.7
26Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive7520$39,540$19.011.5
27Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations7470$56,450$27.141.8
28General and Operations Managers7460$118,720$57.081.5
29Community and Social Service Occupations7360$55,110$26.491.65
30Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6900$39,580$19.030.9
31Food Preparation Workers6080$25,100$12.070.6
32Customer Service Representatives5770$38,650$18.581.75
33Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand5610$39,160$18.831.7
34First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers5490$59,000$28.360.95
35Stock Clerks and Order Fillers5300$29,550$14.211.3
36Cooks, Restaurant5190$31,370$15.080.8
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers4880$44,520$21.41
38Maintenance and Repair Workers, General4650$45,410$21.830.9
39Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations4590$75,670$36.380.8
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks4440$40,880$19.651.05
41Business Operations Specialists, All Other4220$73,550$35.360.7
42Construction Laborers4010$58,500$28.130.8
43Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers3900$30,420$14.630.8
44Accountants and Auditors3850$64,760$31.140.9
45Carpenters3820$73,020$35.10.7
46Nursing Assistants3780$33,490$16.11
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3720$36,030$17.320.6
48Home Health Aides3520$28,620$13.760.7
49Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop3370$24,250$11.660.3
50Legal Occupations3310$92,640$44.540.8
51Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers3300$37,600$18.080.6
52Personal Care Aides2950$26,280$12.641.5
53Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers2840$31,680$15.230.3
54Dishwashers2750$25,710$12.360.3
55Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2710$50,190$24.130.9
56Receptionists and Information Clerks2660$31,850$15.310.7
57Electricians2610$79,170$38.060.4
58Medical Assistants2500$36,580$17.590.45
59Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2360$50,500$24.281.2
60Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants2310$55,690$26.780.35
61Recreation Workers2250$29,380$14.130.25
62Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2190$61,600$29.610.6
63Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop2090$26,360$12.680.3
64First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers2010$77,220$37.120.4
65Substitute Teachers2000$47,460$22.820
66Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers1990$65,690$31.580.2
67Management Analysts1980$77,900$37.450.5
68Bartenders1970$43,980$21.140.4
69First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1970$75,080$36.10.3
70Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity1910$44,900$21.590.1
71Financial Managers1910$115,940$55.740.4
72Lawyers1870$114,840$55.210.5
73Civil Engineers1850$84,820$40.780.2
74Managers, All Other1840$92,140$44.30.6
75Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1830$45,690$21.970.5
76Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks1830$42,420$20.390.1
77Cooks, Fast Food1760$28,210$13.560.3
78Packers and Packagers, Hand1710$25,170$12.10.45
79Painters, Construction and Maintenance1590$52,990$25.470.2
80Computer Occupations, All Other1560$89,280$42.920.2
81Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other1550$33,960$16.330.2
82Childcare Workers1530$24,590$11.820.8
83Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1520$82,130$39.490.3
84Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1510$40,270$19.360.4
85Construction Managers1440$100,410$48.280.3
86First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1440$56,960$27.380
87Human Resources Specialists1430$66,450$31.950.35
88Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks1420$43,730$21.020.2
89Pharmacists1370$117,290$56.390.2
90Sales Managers1350$108,860$52.340.2
91Computer Systems Analysts1320$82,560$39.690.4
92Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment1310$27,350$13.150.2
93Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors1310$57,320$27.560.2
94Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1290$39,350$18.920.3
95Parking Lot Attendants1270$25,130$12.080.1
96Medical and Health Services Managers1230$122,780$59.030.25
97Dental Assistants1210$38,110$18.320.2
98Tellers1210$29,340$14.10.3
99Chief Executives1190$189,160$90.940.2
100Pharmacy Technicians1190$39,180$18.840.3
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Jobs More Common Near Honolulu Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$54,030460,520
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,42065,250
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$31,96054,000
Sales and Related Occupations$36,93043,430
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,95033,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$50,16029,450
Management Occupations$107,75026,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$98,52024,250
Construction and Extraction Occupations$68,80023,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,83023,370
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,09021,900
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$56,58018,420
Retail Salespersons$28,97016,110
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,32015,340
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,08014,880
Cashiers$23,28011,170
Waiters and Waitresses$43,21010,800
Production Occupations$41,70010,790
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,4509,930
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,0309,080
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,9508,730
Registered Nurses$98,1908,480
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,0908,130
Office Clerks, General$33,8307,870
Security Guards$31,7307,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,5407,520
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,4507,470
General and Operations Managers$118,7207,460
Community and Social Service Occupations$55,1107,360
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$39,5806,900
Food Preparation Workers$25,1006,080
Customer Service Representatives$38,6505,770
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$39,1605,610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,0005,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,5505,300
Cooks, Restaurant$31,3705,190
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,5204,880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$45,4104,650
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$75,6704,590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,8804,440
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$73,5504,220
Construction Laborers$58,5004,010
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,4203,900
Accountants and Auditors$64,7603,850
Carpenters$73,0203,820
Nursing Assistants$33,4903,780
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,0303,720
Home Health Aides$28,6203,520
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop$24,2503,370
Legal Occupations$92,6403,310

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$54,030460,520
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,42065,250
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$31,96054,000
Sales and Related Occupations$36,93043,430
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,95033,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$50,16029,450
Management Occupations$107,75026,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$98,52024,250
Construction and Extraction Occupations$68,80023,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,83023,370
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,09021,900
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$56,58018,420
Retail Salespersons$28,97016,110
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,32015,340
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,08014,880
Waiters and Waitresses$43,21010,800
Production Occupations$41,70010,790
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,0309,080
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,9508,730
Registered Nurses$98,1908,480
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,0908,130
Office Clerks, General$33,8307,870
Security Guards$31,7307,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,5407,520
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$56,4507,470
General and Operations Managers$118,7207,460
Community and Social Service Occupations$55,1107,360
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$39,5806,900
Food Preparation Workers$25,1006,080
Customer Service Representatives$38,6505,770
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$39,1605,610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,0005,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,5505,300
Cooks, Restaurant$31,3705,190
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,5204,880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$45,4104,650
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$75,6704,590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,8804,440
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$73,5504,220
Construction Laborers$58,5004,010
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,4203,900
Accountants and Auditors$64,7603,850
Carpenters$73,0203,820
Nursing Assistants$33,4903,780
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,0303,720
Home Health Aides$28,6203,520
Legal Occupations$92,6403,310
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,6003,300
Personal Care Aides$26,2802,950
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$31,6802,840

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