Hawaii Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 641,790
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -40,950 (-6.0%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $52,915
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,615 (9.6%)

Occupation Categories

There are 641,790 employed workers in Hawaii. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 89,730 people. This represents 14.0% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which employ 85,770 and 63,240 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations89,73014.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations85,77013.4%
Sales and Related Occupations63,2409.9%
Education Training and Library Occupations43,3706.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations42,0206.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations37,7205.9%
Management Occupations34,0405.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations31,9405.0%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations31,6604.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations28,4504.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations25,2203.9%
Personal Care and Service Occupations23,3903.6%
Protective Service Occupations20,3803.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations19,6303.1%
Production Occupations15,1002.4%
Community and Social Service Occupations10,5501.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations10,0301.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations9,2501.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations9,1001.4%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations6,2801.0%
Legal Occupations3,9200.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,0000.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 85,770 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 82,120 an increase of 3,650 or 4.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which increased 1,460 and 1,320 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Management Occupations, which currently employs 34,040 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 35,010 or 2.8%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Construction and Extraction Occupations and Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations, which decreased 610 and 330 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 85,770 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 68,500 an increase of 17,270 or 25.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which increased 6,600 and 6,350 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 89,730 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 96,780 or 7.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Community and Social Service Occupations and Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations, which decreased 570 and 540 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Healthcare Support Occupations19,63044.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations25,22027.4%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations31,66026.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations85,77025.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations10,03025.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations42,02017.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations37,72016.5%
Management Occupations34,04016.5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations28,45015.0%
Personal Care and Service Occupations23,39012.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations9,2509.2%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,0004.2%
Sales and Related Occupations63,2402.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations43,3701.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations31,9401.4%
Protective Service Occupations20,380-1.2%
Production Occupations15,100-3.3%
Legal Occupations3,920-4.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations10,550-5.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations9,100-5.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations6,280-7.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations89,730-7.3%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 24,560 people. This represents 3.8% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Waiters and Waitresses and Cashiers, which employ 19,130 and 14,590 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Hawaii are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons24,5603.8%
Waiters and Waitresses19,1303.0%
Cashiers14,5902.3%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food14,2502.2%
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners13,4202.1%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners12,8602.0%
Registered Nurses11,3101.8%
Cooks Restaurant10,6601.7%
Office Clerks General10,4401.6%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive10,3701.6%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Cooks Restaurant, which currently employs 10,660 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 5,550 an increase of 5,110 or 92.1%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners and Home Health Aides, which increased 4,310 and 4,210 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office Clerks General, which currently employs 10,440 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 14,770 or 29.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education and Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education, which decreased 3,720 and 2,770 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Health Specialties Teachers Postsecondary500733.3%
Home Health Aides4,920593.0%
Dietetic Technicians200566.7%
Cooks All Other470487.5%
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers420366.7%
Meeting Convention and Event Planners790276.2%
Captains Mates and Pilots of Water Vessels1,320193.3%
Avionics Technicians140180.0%
Social Science Research Assistants140180.0%
Embalmers80166.7%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Helpers--Carpenters70-84.8%
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians60-83.3%
Surgeons60-81.8%
Computer Hardware Engineers30-78.6%
Entertainers and Performers Sports and Related Workers All Other40-75.0%
Media and Communication Workers All Other60-75.0%
Word Processors and Typists520-72.2%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers110-71.1%
Structural Iron and Steel Workers120-67.6%
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary140-66.7%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $107,490 per year. This represents 103.1% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Legal Occupations, which pay $97,870 and $89,110 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$107,490203.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$97,870185.0%
Legal Occupations$89,110168.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,410153.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,570152.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$72,340136.7%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,930134.0%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$68,730129.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$56,410106.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$55,860105.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations$53,550101.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,480101.1%
Protective Service Occupations$49,85094.2%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$47,45089.7%
Production Occupations$42,21079.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,80077.1%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$38,69073.1%
Sales and Related Occupations$38,40072.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$37,32070.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,73069.4%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$35,73067.5%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$32,58061.6%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $107,490 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $88,330 an increase of $19,160 or 21.7%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased $14,720 and $14,130 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$37,32049.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$47,45039.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$55,86025.2%
Protective Service Occupations$49,85025.0%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$32,58023.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$35,73022.2%
Management Occupations$107,49021.7%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,93021.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,57021.3%
Production Occupations$42,21020.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,80019.9%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$68,73019.9%
Sales and Related Occupations$38,40019.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$56,41019.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,73018.6%
Legal Occupations$89,11018.2%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$38,69018.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$97,87017.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$72,34017.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,48017.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,41015.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations$53,55013.6%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Psychiatrists, which pays $269,800 per year. This represents 509.9% above the state average of $52,915. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Family and General Practitioners, which pay $237,050 and $231,750 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Hawaii are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Psychiatrists$269,800509.9%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$237,050448.0%
Family and General Practitioners$231,750438.0%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$228,470431.8%
Internists General$212,360401.3%
Chief Executives$201,680381.1%
Dentists General$196,690371.7%
Nurse Anesthetists$192,580363.9%
Pediatricians General$174,390329.6%
Architectural and Engineering Managers$140,610265.7%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Hawaii are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$23,88045.1%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$24,82046.9%
Pressers Textile Garment and Related Materials$24,94047.1%
Weighers Measurers Checkers and Samplers Recordkeeping$25,03047.3%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$25,06047.4%
Telemarketers$25,62048.4%
Personal Care and Service Workers All Other$25,99049.1%
Childcare Workers$26,09049.3%
Cashiers$26,10049.3%
Slaughterers and Meat Packers$26,15049.4%



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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.