Top Areas for Hiring

Most of Hawaii’s population lives in Honolulu and the surrounding area. This guide offers population, cost of living, living wage, salary and hiring trend data for Hawaii’s largest cities and regions.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Honolulu
  • 998,714
  • 184.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $56,896
  • [TBA]

The major employers of educators in Honolulu, which is where most of Hawaii’s population lives, are the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii. With over 180 schools in Honolulu County, there are many jobs for public school teachers in the area and especially for public school teachers who are fluent in English and Hawaiiann, since the in Honolulu and across the island native language instruction and immersion programs are at the core of the curriculum in public schools. There are also many private schools based in Honolulu, which generally have a different curriculum and one that places less emphasis on immersion. For teaching jobs at the elementary, middle and high school levels, search the state’s job opportunities site.  At the postsecondary level, one can find jobs at the University of Hawaii, which posts jobs on its career page, and Honolulu Community College, which posts jobs on the same career site. The cost of living in Honolulu is among the state and the nation’s highest, making it a difficult place for any educator to raise a family on a single income. Dual-income educator families, however, can expect to exceed the region’s living wage requirements.

2Hawaii County
  • 196,428
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $56,880
  • [TBA]

The major employers of educators in Hawaii County include the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii.  For teaching jobs at the elementary, middle and high school levels, one can visit the Hawaii Department of Education’s job opportunities site. On the postsecondary side, there are both university and college campuses in the county (most in or near Hilo). One can find jobs at the University of Hawaii and its connected community colleges by visiting their career page. The cost of living in Hawaii County is high but not as high as it is Honolulu. Still, educators attempting to raise a family on a single income may find it challenging. Dual-income educator families can expect to exceed the region’s living wage requirements and postsecondary educators in the region can expect to match the region’s living wage.

3Maui County
  • 164,637
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $56,753
  • [TBA]

In Maui County, most educators work for the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii.  At the elementary, middle and high school levels, jobs can be found on the Hawaii Department of Education’s job opportunities site. For university and college level jobs, one should visit the University of Hawaii and its career page. The cost of living in Maui County is higher than the living wage, but dual-income educator families and postsecondary educators in the region can also expect to match the region’s living wage.

4Kailua (Honolulu County)
  • 38,635
  • 184.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers
  • $56,063
  • [TBA]

In Kailuai, most educators work for the Hawaii State Department of Education. At the elementary, middle and high school levels, jobs can be found on the Hawaii Department of Education’s job opportunities site. Kailua is also home to several independent schools, including Catholic and Adventist affiliated schools, a French language school and school for girls. Like Honolulu, Kailua is located n Honolulu County and therefore, housing and other basic living costs are high. Educators supporting families on a single income in Kailua may find it difficult but dual-income educator families generally exceed the area’s living wage estimates.

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