UPDATED 4/25/2012 5:15 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series exploring Honolulu government salaries. Read previous articles here:
As part of our series this week exploring compensation at Honolulu Hale, we’ve assembled a list of the city’s top earners.
At the start of this fiscal year2, the city’s Acting Medical Examiner William Goodhue reigned as the city’s highest-paid employee. But in the months since, Goodhue has retired and the city hired a rail chief at a higher salary.
Civil Beat’s salary database — the one we shared with you Monday — begins with the current fiscal year, listing Goodhue as numero uno and not yet including Grabauskas.
But answering the question of who comes in as the city’s second-highest-paid worker is tricky. That’s because more than half of the 8,467 city employees in our database3 have salary ranges instead of exact salaries. Under state law, ranges are all that the city has to disclose for those who are part of collective bargaining units or other non-exempt employees.
The ranges can be quite large. Former rail chief Toru Hamayasu, for example, had a salary somewhere between $89,604 and $149,808, placing him anywhere from the second-highest-paid city employee (after Goodhue) to No. 212.
We do know that there were at least 32 employees that make $110,000 per year, and we know their exact salaries. Here’s that top list of some of the top earners.
|1||Medical Examiner||Acting Medical Examiner||William W Goodhue||$200,016|
|2||Honolulu Fire Department||Fire Chief||Kenneth G Silva||$136,236|
|3||Board Of Water Supply||Dist Cool Plt Mgr And Oper||Robin J. Lerseth||$130,000|
|4||Honolulu Fire Department||Fire Deputy Chief||Rolland J Harvest||$129,936|
|5||Prosecuting Attorney||Prosecuting Attorney||Keith M Kaneshiro||$129,312|
|6||Department Of Planning And Permitting||Program Administrator||Terrance L Ware||$129,208|
|7||Office Of The Managing Director||Managing Director||Douglas S Chin||$120,396|
|8||Board Of Water Supply||Deputy Mgr And Chief Engineer||Dean A. Nakano||$120,190|
|9||Prosecuting Attorney||First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||Arminaa Ching||$119,376|
|10||Board Of Water Supply||Chief Financial Officer||Paul S. Kikuchi||$118,812|
|11||Board Of Water Supply||Chief Human Resources Officer||Janice T. Kemp||$118,812|
|12||Office Of The Mayor||Mayor||Peter B Carlisle||$115,964|
|13||Office Of The Managing Director||Deputy Managing Director||Chrystn K Eads||$114,114|
|14||Honolulu Authority For Rapid Transit||Assistant Transit Project Officer||In-Tae Lee||$113,904|
|15||Budget And Fiscal Services||Director Of Budget & Fiscal Services||Michael R Hansen||$112,428|
|16||Corporate Counsel||Corporation Counsel||Robert C Godbey||$112,428|
|17||Customer Service Department||Director Of Customer Services||Gail Haraguchi||$112,428|
|18||Department Of Community Service||Director Of Community Services||Samuel E Moku||$112,428|
|19||Department Of Design And Construction||Director Of Design & Construction||Collins Lam||$112,428|
|20||Department Of Enterprise Services||Director Of Enterprise Services||Sidney A Quintal||$112,428|
|21||Department Of Facility Maintenance||Director & Chief Engineer||Westley K Chun||$112,428|
|22||Department Of Human Resources||Director Of Human Resources||Noel T Ono||$112,428|
|23||Department Of Information Technology||Director Of Information Technology||Gordon J Bruce||$112,428|
|24||Department Of Parks And Recreation||Director Of Parks & Recreation||Gary B Cabato||$112,428|
|25||Department Of Planning And Permitting||Director Of Planning & Permitting||David K Tanoue||$112,428|
|26||Department Of Transportation Services||Director Of Transportation Services||Wayne Y Yoshioka||$112,428|
|27||Environmental Services||Director Of Environmental Services||Timothy E Steinberger||$112,428|
|28||Honolulu Legislature||City Clerk||Bernice Mau||$112,428|
|29||Honolulu Legislature||City Auditor||Edwin Young||$112,427|
|30||Honolulu Legislature||Director Of Council Services||Charmaine Doran||$112,426|
|31||Royal Hawaiian Band||Bandmaster||Clarke L Bright||$110,284|
|32||Prosecuting Attorney||Executive Assistant II||Carol N Nakamura||$110,250|
Source: Civil Beat analysis of Honolulu salary data
Goodhue retired in September, though he still works for the city in a case-by-case contract capacity, according to Acting Director/Administrative Services Officer Robert Lee, who’s heading the department in lieu of a medical examiner. You’ll notice numerous other department heads on the top earner list.
But because of the salary ranges, that list is not exhaustive.
There are 169 total employees who might make more than $110,000 — the 32 listed above and 137 others. There are various supervisors and managers whose salaries range from $70,824 to $118,416; battalion fire chiefs whose salaries range from $74,556 to $124,644; engineers and assistant directors who make between $78,072 and $130,536; and more than 40 division chiefs across the city who make between $81,960 and $137,100.
Any of those division chiefs — and seven other leaders with large salary ranges, like Hamayasu — could conceivably be No. 2 in the city, ahead of Fire Chief Ken Silva and behind Goodhue.
Beyond salaries, Hawaii public workers on average get fringe benefits that amount to an additional 60 percent of an employee’s salary. That includes leave benefits of 21 vacation days and 21 sick days a year, health coverage for active and retired employees, and pension benefits.
Hawaii’s 60 percent ratio is higher than the national average. On average, benefits cost state and local governments an additional 34.6 percent of an employee’s base pay, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
View the full salary database for city workers: