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Who Makes What

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


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.

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.

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

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.

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

The Political Arena

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

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

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

Chief of Staff Robert Awana

State department directors

Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris

Kaua'i Mayor Bryan Baptiste

State legislators. The legislative session consists of 60 working days from January to May.

Trustee, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Civil Servants

Motor vehicle registration clerk

City park groundskeeper

Ocean water safety officer, in other words, a lifeguard

Liquor control investigator

Automated refuse collection equipment driver, aka a garbage truck driver

The Jocks

Herman Frazier, University of Hawai'i athletic director

June Jones, UH head football coach

Riley Wallace, UH men's head basketball coach

Mike Wilton, UH men's head volleyball coach

Dave Shoji, UH women's head volleyball coach

Ronn Miyashiro, UH men's head golf coach

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.

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

Class of Their Own

Chatt Wright, president, Hawai'i Pacific University

Evan Dobelle, UH president

Edwin Cadman, dean of the UH medical school

UH professor, average

Community college professor, average

Michael Chun, principal, Kamehameha Schools

Trustee, Kamehameha Schools

Nainoa Thompson, chairman of the board of trustees, Kamehameha Schools

Val Iwashita, headmaster, 'Iolani School

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

James Scott, president, Punahou School

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

$56,796 to 103,264
Public school principal

Public school teacher, starting, with teaching credentials

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

UH football coach's annual salary



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

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

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

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:





Dietitian and nutritionist



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

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

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

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

$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

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."

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

Hair stylist, Paul Brown Salon & Spa, starting

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

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

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

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

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

UPS driver, starting

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

Honolulu bus driver, top scale

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

Labor Leaders

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

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

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

Russell Okata, president, Hawai'i Government Employers Association

Patrick Loo, president, United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 480

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

Arts & Culture

William Brown, president, Bishop Museum

Stephen Little, director and president, Honolulu Academy of Arts

Georgianna Lagoria, executive director, The Contemporary Museum

Sarah Richards, executive director, Hawai'i Theatre Center

Christine Cowan, president, Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

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.

Samuel Wong, music director, Honolulu Symphony

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

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

Police chief Lee Donahue

Police officer, starting

Police officer, 20 years experience

Sheriff, starting

Sheriff, about 20 years experience

Adult corrections officer, starting

$56,000 to $120,000
FBI agent

Attilio Leonardi, fire department chief

Firefighter, starting

Firefighter, 20 years experience

U.S. District Court judge

Ronald Moon, chief justice, Hawai'i State Supreme Court

Associate justice, Hawai'i State Supreme Court

$3,042 a month
Court reporter

Peter Carlisle, Honolulu city prosecutor

John Tonaki, state public defender

Public defender, starting

Attorney, Cades Schutte, starting


Reporter, five years experience, The Honolulu Advertiser

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

Irving Lauber, president, Aloha United Way

Geraldine Marullo, president, Child & Family Services

Jerome Rauckhorst, diocesan director, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Honolulu

Richard Grimm, president, Hawai'i Foodbank

Reporting for Duty

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.

Captain, with more than 14 years of service

Brigadier general, with more than 20 years of service

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