Hawaii State Salaries

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The state of Hawaii’s single biggest expense is paying its employees.

The state general fund is spending close to $2 billion on salaries alone this year. That represents almost 35 percent of the general-fund portion of the budget, which is filled by taxes. If you include employee pension contributions, and employee and retiree health benefits, almost 58 percent of the general fund budget is spent on payroll expenses.

As part of our annual evaluation of how the state spends its single biggest pot of money — salaries and benefits for employees, we’ve filed requests under Hawaii’s open records law asking for the names, positions and salaries of all state employees.

We’ve also made the same requests of the Hawaii Department of Education, University of Hawaii, Hawaii Health Systems Corp., the Hawaii Judiciary and the Legislature, as well the City and County of Honolulu.

This is just one of our many efforts to make more transparent how government works, to help make it possible for citizens to evaluate where money is spent and whether it’s spent wisely.

The information we are sharing is public, by law. But the government doesn’t make it easy to access. We’ve done that work for you. (Read an article explaining our view on the importance of public access to such data and an article exploring practices in other states.)

We’re updating this series every year or as new salary increases and union contracts kick in.

2013 Salaries

2012 Salaries

Here’s a list of stories we published covering 2012 fiscal year salaries:

2011 Salaries

Here’s a list of stories we published covering 2011 fiscal year salaries:

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September 2017

Thursday, September 28

Judge Blocks Release Of Names Of Former Undercover Cops — For Now

Thursday, September 21

How Some Hawaii Officials’ Paychecks Compare To The Mainland

August 2017

Thursday, August 31

Updated Hawaii Salary Database: Doctors And Judges Do Well, Thank You

Monday, August 14

New Hawaii Salary Database: How Much Do We Pay Our Public Servants?

February 2016

Monday, February 8

Where Are The Highest Paid State Workers? Public Health

January 2016

Thursday, January 7

Who In City Government Gets A Six-Figure Paycheck?

October 2013

Friday, October 25

Hawaii State Salaries 2013: HHSC Workers Get Raises, Execs Don’t

Tuesday, October 22

State Senators Spend Allowances on Everything from Salt to Travel Abroad

Wednesday, October 2

Hawaii State Salaries 2013: Huge Pay Hike for Judges

Tuesday, October 1

Hawaii State Salaries 2013: Raises, Finally, at the Legislature

April 2012

Sunday, April 22

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — Pay for Men and Women

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — Common Jobs and Names

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — The City’s Big Earners

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — The Full Employee List

Thursday, April 12

It’s Your Money: Council Spends on Travel and TVs

Friday, April 6

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Hawaii Judiciary

March 2012

Sunday, March 25

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Pay Per Pupil By School

Friday, March 9

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Pay Per Pupil By Complex Area

Thursday, March 8

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Department of Education

January 2012

Thursday, January 26

 Ryan: Hawaii ID Theft Third-Worst in Nation

Saturday, January 21

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Jan. 16 – 20

Thursday, January 19

Bill Resurfaces to Make Public Employee Names, Exact Salaries Private

Tuesday, January 10

UH Football Coach Norm Chow Releases His Salary

November 2011

Friday, November 25

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Nov. 21-25