Hawaii Employment Statistics
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.
- 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.
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.
Businesses by SectorThe 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.|
|Accommodation and food services||4,101||9.7%|
|Real estate and rental||2,040||4.8%|
|Finance and insurance||1,635||3.9%|
|Transport and warehousing||1,043||2.5%|
|Arts and entertainment||677||1.6%|
|Agriculture and forestry||484||1.1%|
|Mining and oil extraction||12||0.0%|
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 services||110,735||16.8%|
|Transport and warehousing||29,660||4.5%|
|Finance and insurance||15,555||2.4%|
|Arts and entertainment||13,006||2.0%|
|Real estate and rental||12,758||1.9%|
|Agriculture and forestry||5,633||0.9%|
|Mining and oil extraction||220||0.0%|
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
|Sector||Wkly Wage||vs St Avg.|
|Mining and oil extraction||$1,791||192.6%|
|Finance and insurance||$1,457||156.7%|
|Real estate and rental||$1,081||116.2%|
|Transport and warehousing||$1,069||114.9%|
|Agriculture and forestry||$735||79.0%|
|Accommodation and food services||$661||71.1%|
|Arts and entertainment||$592||63.7%|
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:
|Restaurants and other eating places||3,228||19.8|
|Offices of physicians||1,234||6.5|
|Computer systems design and related services||1,000||4.9|
|Other similar organizations||944||5.0|
|Residential building construction||900||5.6|
|Accounting and bookkeeping services||748||4.0|
|Offices of dentists||644||6.7|
|Management consulting services||540||3.0|
|Offices of real estate agents and brokers||503||3.3|
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
|Restaurants and other eating places||63,947||19.8|
|Hotels and motels except casino hotels||40,854||143.3|
|General medical and surgical hospitals||14,361||957.4|
|Professional employer organizations||14,230||117.6|
|Supermarkets and other grocery stores||11,296||45.5|
|Scheduled air transportation||9,384||208.5|
|Management of companies and enterprises||8,944||18.4|
|Offices of physicians||7,998||6.5|
|Elementary and secondary schools||7,403||71.9|
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
|Industry||Wkly Wage||% of Avg|
|Independent artists writers and performers||$4,029||433.2|
|Computer and software merchant wholesalers||$2,921||314.1|
|Marine cargo handling||$2,564||275.7|
|Other building equipment contractors||$2,117||227.6|
|Medical equipment merchant wholesalers||$2,057||221.2|
Hawaii Businesses by Size
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).
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.