Hawaii State Salaries

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

The state spends about $2 billion on salaries alone any given 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 60 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 file requests under Hawaii’s open records law asking for the names, positions and salaries of all state employees.

Capitol Legislature early morning with a bus streaking by on Beretania Street.

Capitol Legislature early morning with a bus streaking by on Beretania Street.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

We make the 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, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii counties.

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.

Contents

2018 Salaries

2018 Salaries (public employee contracts generally covering July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2019)

2016 Salaries

2016 salaries (public employee contracts generally covering July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017)

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:

Resources

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — Pay for Men and Women Flickr.com

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — Pay for Men and Women

City government's females make 80 to 85 cents on the dollar.
Honolulu Salaries 2012 — Common Jobs and Names

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — Common Jobs and Names

UPDATED More than 400 Fire Fighter I's are on the city's payroll.
Honolulu Salaries 2012 — The City’s Big Earners Flickr.com/libertygrace0

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — The City’s Big Earners

UPDATED At least 32 government workers haul in more than $110,000.
Honolulu Salaries 2012 — The Full Employee List Civil Beat

Honolulu Salaries 2012 — The Full Employee List

UPDATED How City Hall spends your money to pay government workers.
It’s Your Money: Council Spends on Travel and TVs

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

Honolulu pols want more taxpayer money for allowances next year.
Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Hawaii Judiciary Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Hawaii Judiciary

View searchable database of 2,000 court employee salaries, job titles and names.

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Pay Per Pupil By School

Salaries obtained by Civil Beat show wide range of per pupil costs at Hawaii schools.

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Pay Per Pupil By Complex Area

Breakdown shows lowest area spends 38 percent less per pupil on salaries.
Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Department of Education Civil Beat

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Department of Education

Last two years at Department of Education were marked by salary cuts and big leadership turnover.
 Ryan: Hawaii ID Theft Third-Worst in Nation

 Ryan: Hawaii ID Theft Third-Worst in Nation

Lawmaker cites ID theft in making case to shut down public records.
10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Jan. 16 – 20

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

Politics, agriculture, Native Hawaiian issues, rail, Congress and a former governor running for mayor — the stuff of this week.
Bill Resurfaces to Make Public Employee Names, Exact Salaries Private

Bill Resurfaces to Make Public Employee Names, Exact Salaries Private

Measure would require only job title and salary range be made public.