Here's how much Honolulu workers have left after covering basic expenses

Here's how much Honolulu workers have left after covering basic expenses
The cost of living in the islands is among the highest in the nation. (Image: Hawaii News Now/File)

By Kimi Andrew
HNN Summer Intern

It doesn't pay to live in Honolulu.

That's according to a new analysis that found workers across 11 different sectors  — from food prep and service to sales — are left in debt or with little extra money after covering their basic expenses.

The report from RENTCafe is meant to help workers find cities where they'll able to stretch their dollar the furthest. It looked at income across 21 professional occupations in the top 100 most populated U.S. metros.

It's no surprise that Urban Honolulu didn't fare well given its high cost of living, but the numbers are still startling.

RENTCafe estimated that workers in personal care along with food preparation and service could actually end out the year as much as $9,000 in debt.

Meanwhile, those in sales and related fields would be $6,000 in debt, based on the earnings data versus the cost of living. That showing ranked 99th among metros in the nation.

Here's how other fields fared in Honolulu:

  • Health care support: $1,700 in debt
  • Production: $900 in debt
  • Building and grounds cleaning: $800 in debt
  • Transportation and material moving: $700 extra
  • Office and administrative support: $2,300 extra
  • Protective service: $2,300 extra
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media: $7,500
  • Education, training and library: $10,200
  • Community and social service: $11,100
  • Installation, maintenance and repair: $14,600
  • Business and financial operations: $21,600
  • Life, physical and social science: $23,500
  • Legal: $28,500
  • Computer and mathematical: $31,600
  • Architecture and engineering: $35,400
  • Management: $41,100

The analysis found that Urban Honolulu is the worst metro for those working in two fields: Business and financial operations and education.

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