Who Makes What

We take a peek at the paychecks of your friends and neighbors.


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Everyone's curious about how much money everyone else makes. We certainly are. That's why we decided to ask people around town what the going rates are for bankers, bartenders and everyone else in between.

We didn't want to invade anyone's privacy. All the individual salaries published here, such as those for government officials and nonprofit heads, are already public information. The other numbers came from researching public and corporate records, consulting professional associations and surveying dozens of local business owners and managers. All are the most recent available figures.

It's voyeuristic, we admit, but eye opening, as well. Many Hawai'i police officers make less than the DMV clerks who renew your driver's license. Starting pay for attorneys at some top Honolulu firms is half again what we pay public defenders. A paramedic who could save your life makes less than the stylist who could save you from a bad hair day.

So go ahead, take a look. You know you want to.

The Financial District

$2.12 million
Walter Dods, chairman, CEO and director, BancWest Corp., parent company of First Hawaiian Bank, in 2002. Includes salary, bonus and other annual compensation. That year, Dods also received about $19 million when BNP Paribas acquired BancWest.

$0 salary, $0 bonus
Michael O'Neill, chairman, CEO and president of Bank of Hawai'i. O'Neill has declined his salary and bonus since 2001, when he received $1.5 million. O'Neill owns more than 700,000 shares in the company and has other stock options.

$1.43 million
Robert Clarke, chairman, president and CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries, in 2002. Includes salary and bonus. In 2002, Clarke also received a $266,000 long-term incentive plan (LTIP) payout, owned more than 20,000 HEI shares and had other considerable stock options.

$1.09 million
W. Allen Doane, president and CEO, Alexander & Baldwin, and chairman, Matson Navigation. Includes salary and bonus. In 2003, Doane received a $250,000 LTIP payout and owned more than half a million shares in A&B.

$914,378
Constance Lau, president, American Savings Bank, in 2002. Includes salary and bonus. In 2002, Lau received an LTIP payout of $65,705, owned more than 1,300 shares in HEI and had other stock options.

$758,960
T. Michael May, president and CEO, Hawaiian Electric Co., in 2002. Includes salary and bonus. In 2002, May received an LTIP payout of $150,645, owned more than 9,000 HEI shares and had other stock options.

$107,700 to $523,600
Residential loan officer, American Savings Bank, including commissions. The range reflects last year's pay for officers, and, notes ASB marketing director Craig Togami, 2003 "was a great year" for home sales.

$20,000 to $31,000
Bank teller, American Savings Bank

$100,000
Stockbroker, Morgan Stanley, average

$55,000 to $100,000
Insurance agent, Mutual of Omaha

$29,742 to $101,022
Revenue agents, Internal Revenue Service. Salary varies with experience, as well as whether agents audit individuals, small businesses or large corporations.

$49,180
Accountant, Honolulu, average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Political Arena

$157,000
U.S. Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye, U.S. Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case

$94,780
Gov. Linda Lingle. The state also provides housing, transportation and security.

$90,041
Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona. The state also provides the lieutenant governor and his family with security.

$90,041
Chief of Staff Robert Awana

$85,302
State department directors

$112,000
Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris

$73,118
Kaua'i Mayor Bryan Baptiste

$32,000
State legislators. The legislative session consists of 60 working days from January to May.

$32,000
Trustee, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Civil Servants

$36,504
Motor vehicle registration clerk

$24,804
City park groundskeeper

$34,524
Ocean water safety officer, in other words, a lifeguard

$44,256
Liquor control investigator

$34,404
Automated refuse collection equipment driver, aka a garbage truck driver

The Jocks

$210,000
Herman Frazier, University of Hawai'i athletic director

$800,016
June Jones, UH head football coach

$210,000
Riley Wallace, UH men's head basketball coach

$108,008
Mike Wilton, UH men's head volleyball coach

$95,004
Dave Shoji, UH women's head volleyball coach

$33,000
Ronn Miyashiro, UH men's head golf coach

$40,000
Cal Lee's salary as head coach of the Hawaiian Islanders football team. He's also assistant football coach at UH. According to UH, his salary for that position falls between $50,000 to $90,000.

$200 per game, $50 bonus per win
Player, Hawaiian Islanders arena football team

$50 to $90 an hour
Personal trainer, Gold's Gym. These trainers are independent contractors who are paid directly by gym members.

$57,860
Physical therapist, Honolulu, average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

$12 to $20 an hour
Surfing instructor, Hans Hedemann Surf School

$12.94 an hour
Golf course groundskeeper, average, according to the Hawai'i Employers Council

Wages and Salaries

While many people work on salary, others get paid by the hour. Presuming that most people work 40-hour weeks, 52 weeks out of the year, here are their yearly salary equivalents. This formula does not apply to all hourly-wage workers, as schedules vary among occupations.

Hourly Wage
Yearly Salary
$10
$20,800
$20
$41,600
$30
$62,400
$40
$83,200
$50
$104,000

Class of Their Own

$220,000
Chatt Wright, president, Hawai'i Pacific University

$442,008
Evan Dobelle, UH president

$367,776
Edwin Cadman, dean of the UH medical school

$86,553
UH professor, average

$62,097
Community college professor, average

$192,057
Michael Chun, principal, Kamehameha Schools

$98,500
Trustee, Kamehameha Schools

$120,000
Nainoa Thompson, chairman of the board of trustees, Kamehameha Schools

$180,000
Val Iwashita, headmaster, 'Iolani School

$36,000 to $74,000
Teacher, 'Iolani School

$175,131
James Scott, president, Punahou School

$37,000 to $77,000
Teacher, Punahou School

$56,796 to 103,264
Public school principal

$34,000
Public school teacher, starting, with teaching credentials

$64,000
Public school teacher, with at least 28 years of experience, a master's degree and additional teaching credentials

$34,632 to $53,376
Public school librarian

Welfare State

$883 a month
Average Social Security payment for a Hawai'i retiree in 2003

$834 a month
Average Social Security payment for a disabled Hawai'i worker in 2003

$298 a week
Average unemployment payment in Hawai'i in 2003

$508 a month
Average payment to a Hawai'i welfare recipient with one child in 2003

$2,057 to $3,700 a month
Welfare caseworker

$800,016
UH football coach's annual salary

33,000,
UH GOLF COACH'S ANNUAL SALARY

Healthcare

$641,566
Roger Drue, president and CEO, Hawai'i Pacific Health, which includes Straub, Wilcox and Kapi'olani hospitals. Drue plans to retire in July.

$350,000
Gary Okamoto, M.D, president and CEO, The Queen's Health Systems

$371,000
Arthur Ushijima, president and CEO, The Queen's Medical Center

$218,861
Gary Kajiwara, president and CEO, Kuakini Health Systems

These average salaries for Hawai'i physicians were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

$165,140
Surgeon

$133,640
OB/GYN

$126,630
Pediatrician

$76,730
Pharmacist

$47,740
Dietitian and nutritionist

$134,260
Dentist

$74,320
Veterinarian

$33 an hour
Registered nurse, with two years' experience

$29,232 to $38,784
Emergency medical technician

$99,804
Kanthi von Guenthner, Honolulu medical examiner

Hawai'i Hospitality

$15 to $22 an hour
Boat captain, Atlantis Adventures' Navatek dinner cruise

$17 to $19 an hour
Submarine pilot, Atlantis Adventures

$27,960
Travel agent, Honolulu, average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Local 5 of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees provided the following wages for union jobs at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hyatt Regency and O'ahu Sheraton hotels.

$20.26 an hour
Pastry chef

$19.04 an hour
Head bartender

$15.48 an hour
Parking lot attendant

$15.05 an hour
Reservation clerk

$14.80 an hour
Head mini-bar porter

$13.22 an hour
Housekeeper

$6.52 an hour
Bell porter, not including tips

Ring Us Up

$30,000 to $50,000
Salesperson, luxury retail, average. Wages range from $9 to $14 an hour, with salespeople usually earning between 2 percent to 6 percent commission, either on individual or group sales.

$7.50 to $9 an hour
Salesperson, Banana Republic

$9.30 an hour
Food clerk, Safeway on O'ahu, starting

$11.09 to $16.94 an hour
Meat cutter, Times Supermarket

$17.02 an hour
Delivery driver, semi truck, Foremost Dairies, starting

$16.84 an hour,
warehouse person, Foremost Dairies, starting

$6.25 an hour, minimum wage
Cashier, 7-Eleven, starting

Out on the Town

$60,000
Server, top scale, O'ahu. It's not about whether a restaurant is high priced, the manager of one local fine dining establishment tells us. "It's all about whether a restaurant does high volume, or serves lots of customers in one night."

$40,000
Bartender, Tiki's Grill & Bar, including tips

$30,000 to $35,000
Server, Tiki's Grill & Bar, including tips. Servers can expect $100 in tips on average about $400 on "really good nights," says general manager Slade Neeley.

$140 to $175 a weekend night
Server, Big City Diner, including tips

Up to $59,000
Restaurant manager, McDonald's

$8 an hour
Counter help, McDonald's

$6.75 an hour
Counter help, Zippy's

$29,616 to $42,180
State restaurant inspector, starting

$13.31 an hour
Factory worker, Kaua'i Coffee Co.

$8 to $9 an hour
Doorhost, Wave Waikiki, starting. Club owner Jack Law says he doesn't like the word bouncer, because it implies "they're always throwing people out."

$15 an hour
Mobile deejay, Wave Waikiki, starting. Some more popular deejays can command up to $150 an hour, Law says.

$15 an hour, plus tips
Go-go dancer, Wave Waikiki

$50 to $250 a night
Server, Wave Waikiki, including tips

Service with a Smile

$30,000
Hair stylist, Paul Brown Salon & Spa, starting

$80,000
Hair stylist, Paul Brown Salon & Spa, top scale

$30.65 an hour
Plumber, Local 675 of the Plumbers and Fitters United Association

$18 to $30 an hour
Hawaiian Electric Co. field personnel, including line workers, power plant operators and electricians

$9 to $18 an hour
Window washer, American Window Cleaning

$184,880
Salary of the head of the Hawai‘i Carpenters Union

$31.55 AN HOUR
(Roughly $65,000 Annually) Average pay for a Unionized Carpenter

Real Estate & Construction

$99,960
Real estate broker, Honolulu, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most agents work solely on commission, with many earning six figures last year.

$28,836 to $44,000
Building construction inspector, starting

$30.45 an hour
Asbestos worker

$25 an hour
Cement worker, Hawaiian Cement, top scale

$31.55 an hour
Carpenter, Hawai'i Carpenters Union

$28.85 an hour
Roofer, shingle or tile

$31.84 an hour
Crane operator, waterfront dredging

$32.59 an hour
Asphalt tractor-trailer driver

$43.53 to $52.90 an hour
Scuba diver, over a depth of 30 feet, public construction projects

On the Move

$32,000
First officer, Hawaiian Airlines, starting

$130,000 to $145,000
Senior captain, Hawaiian Airlines, starting

$15,876 to $37,053
Flight attendant, Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Based on 75 hours of flight time a month.

$29,500 to $44,250
Security screener, Honolulu International Airport

$60,000 to $72,000
Car salesperson, JN Auto Group, average, including commissions

$192,000
Top-grossing car salesperson at JN Auto Group in 2003

$48,000 to $70,000
Car mechanic, Jesse's Auto Repair

$8 an hour
Vehicle service attendant, Hertz Car Rental, starting

$14 to $17 an hour
Mover, M. Dyer & Sons

$30,576
UPS driver, starting

$42,680 to $56,368
Letter carrier, U.S. Postal Service

$44,000
Honolulu bus driver, top scale

$22 an hour
Dockworker, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, average

Labor Leaders

$209,364
Lynn Kinney, business manager and financial secretary, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 50

$184,880
Ron Taketa, financial secretary and business representative, Hawai'i Carpenters Union

$160,903
Herbert Kaopua, business manager and financial secretary, Plumbers & Fitters United Association, Local 675

$128,688
Russell Okata, president, Hawai'i Government Employers Association

$99,918
Patrick Loo, president, United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 480

$79,800
Mel Kahele, president, Hawai'i Teamsters & Allied Workers Union, Local 996

Arts & Culture

$222,542
William Brown, president, Bishop Museum

$212,278
Stephen Little, director and president, Honolulu Academy of Arts

$68,283
Georgianna Lagoria, executive director, The Contemporary Museum

$85,000
Sarah Richards, executive director, Hawai'i Theatre Center

$81,676
Christine Cowan, president, Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

$110,000
Stephen Bloom, executive director, Honolulu Symphony. Bloom, musical director Samuel Wong and symphony musicians took a 20 percent pay cut starting this year. This figure reflects that cut.

$105,333
Samuel Wong, music director, Honolulu Symphony

$24,120
Musician, Honolulu Symphony. Musicians work up to six days a week during the symphony's 30-week season.

$160,735
Von Orgill, president, Polynesian Cultural Center

$36,000 to $55,000
Cultural ambassador, who entertains and educates visitors to the Polynesian Cultural Center

$450 a week
Adult company actor, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, average. HTY is the only local theater company that employs full-time actors. Actors receive salaries 10 months out of the year.

$0 to $200
Community theater actor's stipend per production

Law and Order

$110,208
Police chief Lee Donahue

$33,000
Police officer, starting

$42,240
Police officer, 20 years experience

$32,040
Sheriff, starting

$53,376
Sheriff, about 20 years experience

$29,232
Adult corrections officer, starting

$56,000 to $120,000
FBI agent

$110,208
Attilio Leonardi, fire department chief

$33,144
Firefighter, starting

$66,828
Firefighter, 20 years experience

$154,700
U.S. District Court judge

$116,779
Ronald Moon, chief justice, Hawai'i State Supreme Court

$115,547
Associate justice, Hawai'i State Supreme Court

$3,042 a month
Court reporter

$99,804
Peter Carlisle, Honolulu city prosecutor

$77,000
John Tonaki, state public defender

$46,000
Public defender, starting

$72,000
Attorney, Cades Schutte, starting

Multimedia

$59,176
Reporter, five years experience, The Honolulu Advertiser

$45,985
Reporter, five years experience, Honolulu star-bulletin

$30,000 to $100,000
Ad writer, Laird Christianson Harris Advertising

$30,000 to $100,000
Ad designer, Laird Christianson Harris Advertising

$10 to $15 an hour
Field interviewer, SMS Research

$6.75 to $9.00 per hour
Telephone interviewer, SMS Research

Doing Good

$165,775
Irving Lauber, president, Aloha United Way

$147,264
Geraldine Marullo, president, Child & Family Services

$112,788
Jerome Rauckhorst, diocesan director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Honolulu

$95,060
Richard Grimm, president, Hawai'i Foodbank

Reporting for Duty

$13,248
Private, U.S. military, starting. Soldiers who choose not to live on base receive a housing allowance starting at $1,100 a month and a food allowance of about $250 a month. Soldiers also receive a cost-of-living allowance, which would average about $500 a month for a married soldier with two children. Allowances increase with rank.

$58,932
Captain, with more than 14 years of service

$112,668
Brigadier general, with more than 20 years of service

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