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Learn more about average salaries, cost of living, and expenses in the Hawai'i region.


Salaries range from $35,962 for first-year teachers to $47,443 for second-year teachers in Hawai‘i. Corps members are independently hired by our partner schools and are employees of the Hawai‘i State Department of Education. They are responsible for meeting certification requirements and are not paid by Teach For America.

  • Monthly Pre-Tax Salary: $3,250
  • Taxes: $701.58
  • Health Insurance: $200
  • Monthly Take Home Pay: $2,348.42


Benefits offered to teachers by the Hawai‘i State Department of Education include:

  • Health benefits
  • Tax-deferred programs
  • Retirement, service, and incentive awards
  • Workers' compensation
  • Temporary disability insurance

More information can be found at the Hawai‘i State Department of Education website

Moving Costs

First Month's Rent and Deposit: 

  • Single: $2,800
  • Shared: $1,800

Rent & Utilities 

Monthly Rent: 

  • Single: $1,400
  • Shared: $900

Estimated Monthly Utilities: $225

Living Expenses

The cost of living in Hawai‘i is over 85 percent higher than the national average according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center. Compared to the national average:

  • Groceries are 68 percent higher
  • Utilities are 83.6 percent higher
  • Transportation is 39.7 percent higher
  • Health insurance is 11.8 percent higher

Sample Living Expenses:

  • Monthly transit pass: $70
  • Monthly internet: $40-$90
  • Gallon of milk: $5-$9


Corps members are strongly encouraged to have a car for daily transportation. Corps members have purchased used cars when on island and some have also shipped their cars to Hawai‘i.