Editor’s note: This is an update of one of Civil Beat’s most popular features, the database of public employee salaries.

For the first time since Civil Beat started publishing salaries nearly a decade ago, the University of Hawaii has released pay information for its graduate assistants — more than 1,300 of them.

Their annual salaries range from $9,468 to $35,460.

The latest database has also been updated to include what the UH has paid more than 1,000 guest lecturers in the past year.

And the database now reflects the round of raises that the UH granted to some of its top executives, effective Nov. 1.

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Since 2010, we have been publishing a database with the names, titles and salaries of tens of thousands of public employees. Salaries are a major component of state and county budgets and we think it’s important for taxpayers to know how their money is being spent.

University of Hawaii at Manoa campus with students walking along the ‘mall’.
Most University of Hawaii graduate students work on the Manoa campus. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tuition Waivers In Addition To Pay

Graduate assistants are hired after the new fiscal year begins, and this year Civil Beat made a special request to obtain their pay.

They have lobbied the Legislature for years for the authority to establish their own collective bargaining unit, saying that status would help them improve their pay and working conditions. So far, those efforts have failed.

In releasing their pay information, the UH noted graduate assistants receive tuition waivers worth about $15,912 for in-state students and $37,392 for out-of-state students in addition to the salaries.

“The compensation package for a graduate student is a combination of a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for 20 hours of work per week,” according to a UH statement provided by spokesman Dan Meisenzahl.

The “vast majority” of graduate assistants work on the flagship Manoa campus, he said. In fact, about 30% of Manoa graduate students are graduate assistants.

As of Nov. 27, UH employed 1,343 of them; 707 were on 11-month contracts and 636 on nine-month contracts.

The highest-paid 11-month graduate assistants — 18 of them — make $35,460. One earns $34,104 and 16 more than $33,966.

In all, 83 of the 11-month GAs make at least $30,000, while 165 earn $25,000 to $30,000. The four lowest-paid 11-month-GAs make $11,076, but they work only up to 10 hours a week while most GAs work up to 20 hours per week.

Among those with nine-month contracts, the six highest-paid make $26,952, and 125 of them make at least $20,000. The 19 lowest-paid receive $9,468, but they too work only up to 10 hours per week.

Guest Lecturers

UH campuses paid 1,095 guest lecturers in the past year.

Lawrence Fee was paid the most — $8,481 — by Kapiolani Community College zoology department.

Next came 35 lecturers who received $7,483. In all, 157 of them earned at least $5,000.

The lowest-paid lecturer got $284.

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