Living Wage Calculation for Honolulu County, Hawaii

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support themsleves and/or their family, working full-time, or 2080 hours per year. The tables below provide living wage estimates for individuals and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In households with two working adults, all hourly values reflect what one working adult requires to earn to meet their families’ basic needs, assuming the other adult also earns the same.

The poverty wage and state minimum wage are for reference purposes. Poverty wage estimates come from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines for 2024 and have been converted from an annual value to an hourly wage for ease of comparison. The state minimum wage data is sourced from the Labor Law Center and includes the minimum wage in a given state as of January of that year.

For further detail, please reference the Methodology page. The data on this page was last updated on February 14, 2024.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $26.90 $52.89 $66.63 $81.98 $36.42 $44.86 $50.44 $57.47 $18.21 $28.79 $36.00 $40.55
Poverty Wage $8.32 $11.30 $14.27 $17.25 $11.30 $14.27 $17.25 $20.23 $5.65 $7.14 $8.63 $10.11
Minimum Wage $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $14.00

Typical Expenses

The table below shows the costs of each basic need that go into estimating the living wage. Like with the living wage, their values vary by location and family size.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $5,362 $7,905 $11,857 $15,759 $9,831 $12,238 $15,761 $19,217 $9,831 $12,238 $15,761 $19,217
Child Care $0 $21,594 $35,702 $37,862 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,594 $35,702 $37,862
Medical $2,246 $7,073 $6,962 $7,424 $5,393 $6,962 $7,424 $7,019 $5,393 $6,962 $7,424 $7,019
Housing $18,974 $27,164 $27,164 $38,285 $20,747 $27,164 $27,164 $38,285 $20,747 $27,164 $27,164 $38,285
Transportation $10,435 $12,077 $15,213 $17,504 $12,077 $15,213 $17,504 $17,484 $12,077 $15,213 $17,504 $17,484
Civic $3,032 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $7,269 $5,335 $6,715 $7,776 $7,269
Internet & Mobile $1,295 $1,295 $1,295 $1,295 $1,890 $1,890 $1,890 $1,890 $1,890 $1,890 $1,890 $1,890
Other $4,739 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $11,950 $8,459 $8,994 $12,431 $11,950
Required annual income after taxes $46,083 $90,902 $113,901 $138,337 $63,732 $79,174 $89,950 $103,114 $63,732 $100,768 $125,652 $140,975
Annual taxes $9,878 $19,105 $24,680 $32,181 $12,032 $14,144 $14,972 $16,431 $12,032 $18,999 $24,101 $27,716
Required annual income before taxes $55,961 $110,007 $138,581 $170,518 $75,764 $93,318 $104,923 $119,545 $75,764 $119,767 $149,753 $168,691

Typical Annual Salaries

The average annual salaries for various occupations in the table below comes from the latest state-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. When available, this data is specific to a given metro area.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $114,690
Business & Financial Operations $76,870
Computer & Mathematical $92,390
Architecture & Engineering $90,910
Life, Physical, & Social Science $71,970
Community & Social Service $54,190
Legal $88,530
Education, Training, & Library $58,600
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $66,790
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $117,570
Healthcare Support $40,760
Protective Service $57,240
Food Preparation & Serving Related $36,940
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $41,580
Personal Care & Service $38,930
Sales & Related $46,760
Office & Administrative Support $47,320
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $44,850
Construction & Extraction $77,850
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $66,090
Production $51,920
Transportation & Material Moving $56,040