Workers in the hospitality sector of Honolulu’s tourism industry earn the third-highest wages among major U.S. markets, behind only Las Vegas and New York City, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
Honolulu’s hotel and restaurant workers earn an average of $21,600 per year, ranking the market above San Francisco, Anchorage, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., among others, according to the analysis by Pacific Business News affiliate On Numbers.
On Numbers analyzed the latest U.S. Census Bureau data for the 115 metropolitan areas that contain at least 10,000 private-sector businesses in all industries. The report focuses specifically on accommodation and food services, a category that encompasses restaurants, bars, hotels, motels and camps.
While Honolulu was No. 3 for wages, the city ranked near the middle for number of businesses and employees.
There are 2,331 businesses in accommodation and food services in Honolulu, with 52,637 employees and an annual payroll of more than $1.1 billion, ranking the city at No. 47 on the list.
New York City was No. 1 with 44,397 business, 552,717 employees and a $12.5 billion annual payroll, while Las Vegas was no. 31 on that account with 3,959 businesses, 241,047 employees and a payroll of $6.9 billion.
The average salary for accommodation and food services was $17,300 in all major markets, which was based on a total payroll of $135.97 billion and employment of 7.87 million.
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