What kind of jobs are there in Honolulu, HI?

Honolulu's unemployment rate is much lower than the national average, and residents have the beach to thank for that. Tourism industry jobs are king on the Island of Oahu, which welcomes a total of nearly 9 million visitors annually. However, Honolulu's top four largest employers are all health companies, with Altres Medical employing the most Honolulu County workers of any company.

The U.S. Department of Defense has a notable presence on Oahu, with area Army and Air Force bases employing a significant number of Honolulu residents. Other top employers include The Bank of Hawaii, Aloha Air Cargo and Hawaiian Electric.

The average wage for Honolulu employees is higher than the national average.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 8.1 /10

How we calculate this.

Honolulu has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2018

of people are without a job

1.8% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Honolulu

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.69k - $27.67k

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $23.33k - $32.22k

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

Total Employment
Salary: $20.92k - $32.28k