Hawaii Employment Statistics

  • 42,421 employers
  • 657,954 employees
  • $980 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 11.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 90.1% above the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Hawaii, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 95.5% of employers run private companies in the state, 1.5% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 4.5% of employers are government agencies: 0.8% work in a federal agency, 3.0% work for the state and 0.6% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
81.5% of employees work for a private company. This is 3.8% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 2.9% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 10.5% of the workers and the federal government employs 5.1%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (18.5%) is 3.8% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Hawaii is $980 per week, which is 11.0% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Hawaii workers that are employed by private businesses earn $930 per week, 15.5% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Hawaii earn $1,529 per week, a premium of 64.4% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 11.1% of the businesses in the state. Retail trade (10.8%) and Accommodation and food services (9.7%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Professional services4,71411.1%
Retail trade4,57610.8%
Accommodation and food services4,1019.7%
Healthcare4,0649.6%
Other services4,0029.4%
Construction3,7468.8%
Waste services2,7026.4%
Real estate and rental2,0404.8%
Wholesale trade2,0194.8%
Unclassified1,6784.0%
Finance and insurance1,6353.9%
Transport and warehousing1,0432.5%
Manufacturing1,0102.4%
Educational services7491.8%
Information6941.6%
Arts and entertainment6771.6%
Company management4871.1%
Agriculture and forestry4841.1%
Utilities910.2%
Mining and oil extraction120.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Accommodation and food services with 16.8% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (10.9%) and Healthcare (10.8%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Accommodation and food services110,73516.8%
Retail trade71,72410.9%
Healthcare71,18310.8%
Waste services48,9657.4%
Construction35,8645.5%
Transport and warehousing29,6604.5%
Other services26,5744.0%
Professional services24,6633.7%
Wholesale trade17,7712.7%
Finance and insurance15,5552.4%
Educational services14,2542.2%
Manufacturing14,1722.2%
Arts and entertainment13,0062.0%
Real estate and rental12,7581.9%
Information9,1151.4%
Company management8,9441.4%
Agriculture and forestry5,6330.9%
Utilities3,7890.6%
Unclassified1,3980.2%
Mining and oil extraction2200.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $2,041per week compared with the state average of $930. Mining and oil extraction ($1,791) and Company management ($1,736) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Utilities$2,041219.5%
Mining and oil extraction$1,791192.6%
Company management$1,736186.7%
Professional services$1,458156.8%
Finance and insurance$1,457156.7%
Construction$1,455156.5%
Information$1,332143.2%
Unclassified$1,297139.5%
Wholesale trade$1,146123.2%
Real estate and rental$1,081116.2%
Healthcare$1,075115.6%
Transport and warehousing$1,069114.9%
Manufacturing$90196.9%
Educational services$76682.4%
Agriculture and forestry$73579.0%
Other services$71076.3%
Waste services$70475.7%
Accommodation and food services$66171.1%
Retail trade$63868.6%
Arts and entertainment$59263.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Hawaii. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 7.6% of the businesses in the state (with 3,228 employing 63,947 workers). Unclassified (4.0%) and Offices of physicians (2.9%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places3,22819.8
Unclassified1,6780.8
Offices of physicians1,2346.5
Computer systems design and related services1,0004.9
Other similar organizations9445.0
Residential building construction9005.6
Accounting and bookkeeping services7484.0
Offices of dentists6446.7
Management consulting services5403.0
Offices of real estate agents and brokers5033.3


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 9.7% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 63,947 in 3,228 businesses, there are 19.8 employees on average in each of these businesses. Hotels and motels except casino hotels (6.2%) and General medical and surgical hospitals (2.2%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places63,94719.8
Hotels and motels except casino hotels40,854143.3
General medical and surgical hospitals14,361957.4
Professional employer organizations14,230117.6
Supermarkets and other grocery stores11,29645.5
Department stores10,864146.8
Scheduled air transportation9,384208.5
Management of companies and enterprises8,94418.4
Offices of physicians7,9986.5
Elementary and secondary schools7,40371.9


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Independent artists writers and performers, paying $4,029 compared with the state average of $930. Computer and software merchant wholesalers ($2,921) and Securities brokerage ($2,704) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Independent artists writers and performers$4,029433.2
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,921314.1
Securities brokerage$2,704290.8
Portfolio management$2,616281.3
Marine cargo handling$2,564275.7
Petroleum refineries$2,561275.4
Software publishers$2,295246.8
Miscellaneous intermediation$2,134229.5
Other building equipment contractors$2,117227.6
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,057221.2


Company Size

Hawaii Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Hawaii by far. 58.1% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 38,708 small businesses in the state represent 95.3% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.6%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) The pie chart below illustrates the ratio of business sizes.

Hawaii Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 114.8% of all employees, which is 23.7% lower than the national average of 138.4%. Smallest companies also employ a lower percentage of the states workforce than the largest companies. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 86.9% of all workers, which is 4.6% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 599.1% of the labor force in the state, 49.1% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Hawaii Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Hawaii workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Hawaii (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 0.5% less than the national average ($970 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Hawaii (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 64.9% workers below the national average ($1,141 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.