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

Chad Blair: Telling The Public A Little Less About What It Pays Its Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Telling The Public A Little Less About What It Pays Its Workers

House Speaker Scott Saiki finds Civil Beat’s salary database too specific when it comes to “legislative employees.”

Here’s What We Pay County Workers — Except For Cops Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s What We Pay County Workers — Except For Cops

Our salary database has thousands of new entries, but a legal challenge is holding back Honolulu police officer information.
Judge Blocks Release Of Names Of Former Undercover Cops  — For Now Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

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

Responding to a Civil Beat request, the city had intended to release the identities of all officers except those currently “deep” undercover.

How Some Hawaii Officials’ Paychecks Compare To The Mainland Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Some Hawaii Officials’ Paychecks Compare To The Mainland

Some of the islands’ top public employees stack up well, even with our high cost of living. Others, not so much.

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

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

We’ve added tens of thousands of additional workers, including those in the Department of Education, the Judiciary and general state employees.

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

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

Here’s the first installment of our new Hawaii public employee salary database for fiscal year 2018.

Where Are The Highest Paid State Workers? Public Health Olja Latinovic/Flickr.com

Where Are The Highest Paid State Workers? Public Health

The top-ranked doctors in Hawaii Health Systems Corp. earn far more than other state workers, even Supreme Court justices.
Who In City Government Gets A Six-Figure Paycheck? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Who In City Government Gets A Six-Figure Paycheck?

The latest edition of the Civil Beat salary database includes searchable, sortable information on the salaries of thousands of city and state employees.
Hawaii State Salaries 2013: HHSC Workers Get Raises, Execs Don’t

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

Cash-strapped agency struggles to afford higher wages for thousands of employees.
State Senators Spend Allowances on Everything from Salt to Travel Abroad

State Senators Spend Allowances on Everything from Salt to Travel Abroad

Infographic shows how Hawaii lawmakers take advantage of annual allowances.
Hawaii State Salaries 2013: Huge Pay Hike for Judges Flickr.com

Hawaii State Salaries 2013: Huge Pay Hike for Judges

Review our searchable database of Hawaii Judiciary employee salaries, job titles and names.
Hawaii State Salaries 2013: Raises, Finally, at the Legislature

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

Review our searchable database of Hawaii legislative employee salaries, job titles and names.