Hawaii workers earn less, despite high cost of living

Published: Nov. 1, 2016 at 10:54 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite the state's highest-in-the-nation cost of living, Hawaii workers earn nearly $150 less per week than the U.S. average, according to new federal figures.

But the new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers also show that wages in the islands are on the rise.

The figures show Hawaii workers earned $896 weekly on average (or $46,592 annually) in the first quarter of the year, up about 1.7 percent from the same period in 2015.

Hawaii ranked 27th in the nation for its average salary. On Oahu, the average weekly wage is $935, which is still lower than the national average.

Nationally, workers earned $1,043 a week on average (or $54,236 a year), down about .5 percent from the first quarter of the 2015.

The state with the highest wages was New York, where workers earned $1,456 on average per week, which equates to an annual wage of $75,712.

Idaho had the nation's lowest wages. In the state, workers earned $725 a week on average, or $37,700 annually.

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