Living Wage Calculation for Urban Honolulu, HI

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 $117,600
Business & Financial Operations $77,840
Computer & Mathematical $91,440
Architecture & Engineering $90,220
Life, Physical, & Social Science $74,960
Community & Social Service $54,650
Legal $88,600
Education, Training, & Library $59,760
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $67,070
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $121,710
Healthcare Support $40,750
Protective Service $54,630
Food Preparation & Serving Related $35,990
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $40,460
Personal Care & Service $37,330
Sales & Related $47,530
Office & Administrative Support $47,520
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $45,710
Construction & Extraction $79,840
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $67,560
Production $52,170
Transportation & Material Moving $60,660