Hawaii state government salary

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This page describes the compensation, salaries and benefits that Hawaii's public employees receive from state and local government.

Legislator salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, Hawaii state legislators earned $46,272.60 per year. As of 2012, legislators also received a per diem of $150 per day for members living outside Oahu during session, $120 per day for members living outside Oahu during interim while conducting legislative business and $10 per day for members living on Oahu during the interim while conducting official legislative business.[1][2]

State executive salaries

See also: Compensation of state executive officers
State executive salaries[3]
Office '10 salary Official
Governor $117,312 Neil Abercrombie
Lieutenant Governor $114,420 Brian E. Schatz
Attorney General $114,420 David M. Louie,

As of 2008, the salary of Hawaii's governor ranked 31st among U.S. governors' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. governors was $128,735. The median salary earned by U.S. governors was $129,962.[4]

Judicial salaries

See also: State court budgets and judicial salaries
Hawaii judicial salaries[5]
Position '08 salary Justice
Chief Justice $181,476 Mark Recktenwald
Associate Justice $174,984 Paula Nakayama
Associate Justice $174,984 Simeon Acoba
Associate Justice $174,984 Richard W. Pollack
Associate Justice $174,984 Sabrina S. McKenna

As of 2010, the salary of Hawaii's chief justice ranked 6th among U.S. chief justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $155,230. The median salary earned by U.S. chief justices was $151,284.[5]

As of 2010, The salaries of Hawaii's associate justices ranked 10th among U.S. associate justices' salaries. The average salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $151,142. The median salary earned by U.S. associate justices was $145,984.[5]

State and local government employees

As of 2011, labor costs accounted for about 70% of Hawaii’s state government spending. The Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state’s largest government employee union, tentatively accepted a salary reduction of 5% and reductions of retirement perks. The agreement was an improvement over the prior two years, when state employees took a 10% salary reduction and two monthly furlough days. Unlike in other states, there are no efforts to curb the collective bargaining rights of unions in Hawaii.[6]

According to 2008 U.S. Census data, the state of Hawaii and local governments in the state employed a total of 90,599 people. Of those employees, 68,101 were full-time employees receiving net pay of $287,265,552 per month and 22,498 were part-time employees paid $23,445,784 per month. More than 56% of those employees, or 51,042 employees, were in education or higher education.[7]

Teacher salaries

The collective bargaining contract establishes the annual salary rates for new teachers in Hawaii.

Teacher salaries[8]
Beginning teacher salary Average salary
$43,157 $55,733

State employee benefits


Full-time, permanent employees of the state received the following paid holidays in 2010:[9]:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • King Kamehameha I Day
  • Independence Day
  • Statehood Day
  • Labor Day
  • Election Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Health and life insurance

Health Insurance

Hawaii offers eligible employees a choice of health insurance plans - medical, drug, chiropractic, dental and vision - through the Hawai`i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund, which is administratively attached to the Department of Budget and Finance and is under the direction of a Board of Trustees.[10]

Premium Conversion Plan

The state's Premium Conversion Plan provides an opportunity to most health care plan participants to save some tax dollars and make the most of their paychecks. Employees of the state who are enrolled in any health care plan offered through the EUTF that qualifies under the PCP Rules may participate and have their income taxed after their health care plan contributions are deducted, resulting in greater take-home pay than they would they would receive if they were not enrolled in the PCP.[10]

Group life insurance plan

The state currently pays the monthly premium for group life insurance coverage for eligible employees. No employee contributions are required.[10]


Main article: Hawaii public pensions

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