Wage Rate Schedule (Chapter 104, HRS)

The Wage Rate Schedule is also known as prevailing wages for public construction work or “Little Davis-Bacon” wages for the purposes of Chapter 104, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

The prevailing wage is the basic hourly rate and the cost to an employer of providing a laborer or mechanic with fringe benefits. A contractor must pay the minimum prevailing wages on State or county public works construction projects in excess of $2,000.

The wages are listed by construction occupations and contain a breakout of the basic hourly rate and fringe benefit costs for the current and future years.

Information regarding Federal Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations is available from the contracting agency or via the Internet.

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Wages are presented for various occupations in the State of Hawaii and all counties. Mean and median wages along with employment are provided for each occupation. The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal/state cooperative project, produces occupational wage information for Hawaii. The OES survey is conducted semi-annually in every state following the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics guidelines, resulting in wage data that can be compared from state to state. Users of OES employment and wage data include job seekers, job placement specialists, counselors, employers, economists and others.

Wages by Industry

Wages of workers covered by Hawaii Employment Security Law and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees classified by industry. It includes bonuses and some types of severance pays. Data is obtained by the quarterly reports of employers to Unemployment Insurance and is supplemented by the multiple worksite report and the annual refiling survey. Because it includes all covered employers in the state, it is considered as the universe population and is often the basis of sampling by other statistical programs. The information is produced quarterly and annually. See Employment by Industry.

Minimum Wage (Hawaii and Federal)

The lowest compensation set by government that an employer is allowed to pay an employee for hourly work.

The Fair Labor Standards Act first set a national minimum wage in 1938. It set out to assure ‘the maintenance of the minimum standard of living necessary for health, efficiency, and general well-being of workers.’

Many states have supported this principle by enacting minimum wage laws of their own and some states have “tip credit” laws, which allow employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage.

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Hours and Earnings

Are based on payroll figures before deductions and is computed by dividing total payrolls by total number of hours for each industry. The figure includes paid sick leave, holidays, and overtime, but excludes retroactive pay and bonuses. It is produced by the Current Employment Statistics (CES) Program in conjunction with the Job Count. See Job Count by Industry.

State Average Monthly Wage (Chapter 421C)

Table of Hawaii State Average Monthly Wages for purposes of Chapter 421C, HRS.  Consumer Cooperative Associations can not pay more than twenty-five per cent of the average monthly wage in Hawaii.

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Honolulu CPI (Cost of Living)