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Fairbanks Employment

Employment and Industries in the Fairbanks, Alaska Area

Fairbanks is a prominent business, trade and services center. Due to the Fairbanks International Airport the city is the freight distribution and supply center for the region. The major elements of the economy include federal, state and city government agencies; communications, transportation, tourism, and financial. Additional sectors significantly contributing to the economy are manufacturing, education, construction, medical services, and mining. The state's oil revenue is also a prominent factor for Fairbanks's economy.

Including employees at Fort Wainwright and Eilson Air Force Base, more than on-third of the workforce is employed by the government. In addition, the two military bases have a major impact on the economy. The Fort Knox hard rock gold mine and the University of Alaska Fairbanks also have a large number of employees. Many Fairbanks residents also hold commercial fishing permits.

Notable information regarding Fairbanks: The average earnings in 2009 was $29,000. About 20% of the population over the age of 25 have a bachelors degree or higher. The daytime population rises by about 37% due to people commuting to Fairbanks from surrounding areas. The personal tax amount is very low. Residents receive distributions from the Permanent Fund which provides residents 25% of Alaska's royalty oil revenue.

The Governor's Office of International Trade offers a variety of assistance and information to companies interested in foreign trade and investments. The Small Business Development Center provides advice, seminars and workshops for new and established companies. The Chamber of Commerce provides the "School Business Partnership" which helps businesses and schools work together.

Fairbanks major industries for employment are shown below:

  • Government
  • Trade
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Construction
  • Professional and business services

Besides Fort Wainwright and Eilson Air Force Base, the largest employers in Fairbanks are:

  • Banner Health System
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Fairbanks Gold Mining
  • Petro Star
  • University of Alaska
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
  • Donyon, Ltd
  • Dena' Nena' Henash
  • Interior Alaska McDonald's Inc
  • Borough of Fairbanks North
  • Fairbanks Resource Agency
  • City of Fairbanks
  • Golden Valley Electric Association
  • Tanana Valley Medical & Surgical Group
  • Tatonduk Outfitters Limited
  • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center

Helpful business organizations for Fairbanks companies:

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner provides information about the current business activities in Fairbanks.

Most Popular Jobs in Fairbanks, Alaska Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Teachers and instructors, all other 240 $41,180 $28,370 - 74,940 9% 54%
2 Civil engineers 210 $74,060 $54,490 - 98,930 18% 87%
3 Accountants and auditors 200 $58,500 $36,660 - 86,890 18% 79%
4 Child, family, and school social workers 180 $42,440 $28,230 - 54,670 19% 77%
5 Chief executives 170 $123,410 $58,750 - 2% 65%
6 Managers, all other 140 $58,730 $34,270 - 87,380 7% 55%
7 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 140 $37,680 $21,880 - 61,060 5% 58%
8 Computer specialists, all other 130 $70,320 $55,050 - 90,410 15% 68%
9 Zoologists and wildlife biologists 130 $58,410 $43,450 - 77,420 9% 95%
10 Computer programmers 120 $60,140 $36,600 - 85,380 -4% 73%
11 Financial managers 110 $76,480 $51,880 - 104,470 13% 60%
12 Lawyers 100 $109,180 $66,840 - 11% 99%
13 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 100 $50,460 $26,310 - 91,620 8% 51%
14 Biological technicians 100 $36,550 $26,970 - 47,940 16% 60%
15 Natural sciences managers 90 $86,250 $57,320 - 124,360 11% 93%
16 Sales managers 80 $71,320 $39,740 - 130,100 10% 69%
17 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 80 $50,790 $40,850 - 67,710 17% 56%
18 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 80 $0 $ - 13% 74%
19 Budget analysts 70 $58,200 $44,530 - 77,850 7% 78%
20 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 70 $56,740 $42,230 - 80,540 25% 93%
21 Pharmacists 60 $111,740 $91,420 - 133,250 22% 97%
22 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $90,780 $51,990 - 154,030 27% 50%
23 Management analysts 60 $76,730 $46,780 - 122,510 22% 78%
24 Medical and health services managers 60 $74,760 $41,460 - 108,110 16% 57%
25 Public relations specialists 60 $54,420 $34,430 - 80,270 18% 81%
26 Computer and information systems managers 50 $84,110 $57,710 - 106,990 16% 73%
27 Engineers, all other 50 $78,380 $65,090 - 100,690 6% 82%
28 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 50 $69,770 $50,160 - 86,020 22% 93%
29 Environmental engineers 50 $65,070 $38,030 - 98,610 25% 86%
30 Public relations managers 50 $54,850 $34,210 - 79,950 17% 75%
31 Social scientists and related workers, all other 50 $54,340 $43,170 - 67,130 5% 90%
32 Social and community service managers 40 $90,220 $44,400 - 150,150 25% 72%
33 Physician assistants 40 $74,480 $25,630 - 99,830 27% 67%
34 Computer systems analysts 40 $69,530 $45,800 - 110,150 29% 68%
35 Surveyors 40 $63,730 $47,460 - 81,330 24% 82%
36 Instructional coordinators 40 $60,190 $42,710 - 83,010 23% 79%
37 Technical writers 40 $51,070 $41,930 - 65,950 20% 74%
38 Computer software engineers, applications 40 $48,260 $26,420 - 67,160 45% 85%
39 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 40 $43,480 $27,180 - 64,360 15% 51%
40 Mental health counselors 40 $0 $ - 30% 73%
41 Mechanical engineers 30 $79,090 $49,630 - 122,690 4% 78%
42 Occupational health and safety specialists 30 $67,210 $44,890 - 87,590 8% 72%
43 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 30 $47,910 $35,540 - 64,940 18% 56%
44 Graphic designers 30 $35,090 $23,360 - 50,700 10% 55%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 1,530 $29,120 $17,240 - 44,550 12% 25%
2 General and operations managers 840 $78,320 $37,370 - 145,950 2% 48%
3 Office clerks, general 790 $32,740 $22,350 - 44,910 13% 19%
4 Cashiers 740 $24,010 $17,250 - 30,970 -3% 10%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 650 $20,320 $15,800 - 30,030 18% 5%
6 Waiters and waitresses 600 $19,500 $16,070 - 21,580 11% 14%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 540 $33,000 $20,250 - 49,000 15% 4%
8 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 520 $37,710 $24,010 - 52,570 13% 16%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 480 $30,950 $20,930 - 46,910 2% 5%
10 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 460 $50,020 $32,530 - 70,800 10% 4%
11 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 450 $26,480 $17,090 - 43,140 13% 5%
12 Receptionists and information clerks 430 $29,530 $19,720 - 41,150 17% 13%
13 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 420 $63,490 $51,570 - 80,620 8% 3%
14 Security guards 400 $33,200 $22,130 - 39,820 17% 13%
15 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 390 $36,110 $23,840 - 50,560 1% 18%
16 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 390 $19,940 $16,560 - 25,390 10% 8%
17 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 380 $41,020 $28,110 - 56,580 15% 18%
18 Electricians 320 $63,720 $41,970 - 85,610 7% 7%
19 Carpenters 320 $60,350 $36,270 - 80,630 10% 6%
20 Bartenders 320 $24,040 $18,680 - 29,960 11% 17%
21 Maintenance and repair workers, general 310 $42,790 $23,230 - 64,670 10% 6%
22 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 300 $53,050 $28,140 - 78,520 14% 4%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 300 $48,510 $28,230 - 75,620 6% 29%
24 Construction laborers 300 $43,980 $27,710 - 63,910 11% 5%
25 Business operations specialists, all other 290 $63,290 $42,540 - 92,250 21% 49%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 290 $41,880 $23,950 - 64,520 4% 25%
27 Customer service representatives 290 $33,200 $22,270 - 48,980 25% 22%
28 Stock clerks and order fillers 270 $34,450 $17,960 - 51,230 -8% 8%
29 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 260 $60,030 $36,810 - 83,200 11% 4%
30 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 260 $32,560 $26,300 - 40,770 18% 7%
31 Tellers 220 $26,030 $19,910 - 33,090 14% 16%
32 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 210 $32,640 $21,670 - 47,140 8% 4%
33 Cooks, restaurant 210 $26,510 $20,200 - 33,950 12% 5%
34 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 200 $51,700 $31,490 - 74,310 11% 11%
35 All other information and record clerks 200 $36,620 $22,300 - 49,640 -13% 21%
36 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 180 $68,320 $54,800 - 82,290 12% 3%
37 Cargo and freight agents 180 $31,790 $19,730 - 46,820 17% 16%
38 Administrative services managers 170 $64,120 $34,000 - 100,390 12% 40%
39 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 160 $75,350 $58,050 - 102,140 9% 10%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 160 $73,880 $46,500 - 99,410 7% 13%
41 Food preparation workers 160 $24,180 $17,010 - 33,450 15% 7%
42 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 150 $47,020 $32,630 - 64,980 8% 9%
43 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 150 $39,170 $24,980 - 54,830 4% 6%
44 Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 140 $41,880 $28,970 - 58,040 10% 46%
45 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 140 $39,880 $26,360 - 61,930 4% 15%
46 Packers and packagers, hand 140 $0 $ - -12% 3%
47 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 130 $52,890 $40,060 - 69,580 5% 2%
48 Child care workers 130 $28,000 $15,830 - 39,990 18% 15%
49 Dishwashers 130 $20,550 $16,850 - 25,240 10% 3%
50 Cooks, fast food 130 $0 $ - 8% 5%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 120 $31,970 $21,810 - 42,940 11% 14%
52 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 120 $19,540 $15,220 - 29,580 12% 6%
53 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 110 $53,930 $38,560 - 67,090 9% 3%
54 Construction and related workers, all other 110 $49,490 $34,560 - 68,020 9% 4%
55 Painters, construction and maintenance 110 $44,800 $24,050 - 65,130 12% 6%
56 Fire fighters 110 $44,130 $27,870 - 61,780 12% 18%
57 Dental assistants 110 $38,810 $28,130 - 54,260 29% 9%
58 Medical assistants 110 $32,860 $26,710 - 40,780 35% 10%
59 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 110 $32,480 $18,800 - 45,150 12% 0%
60 Tour guides and escorts 110 $29,100 $18,720 - 40,370 21% 29%
61 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 110 $26,010 $18,320 - 36,130 14% 3%
62 Service station attendants 110 $25,020 $17,640 - 33,060 13% 6%
63 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 110 $24,110 $17,410 - 31,800 17% 14%
64 Sales representatives, services, all other 110 $0 $ - 28% 48%
65 Construction managers 100 $86,080 $61,460 - 118,160 16% 29%
66 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 100 $57,810 $41,180 - 77,360 11% 33%
67 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 100 $40,810 $21,900 - 62,260 4% 30%
68 Industrial truck and tractor operators 100 $37,740 $26,830 - 50,440 -2% 2%
69 Driver/sales workers 100 $31,920 $17,420 - 48,320 -5% 4%
70 Preschool teachers, except special education 100 $29,560 $18,030 - 38,700 26% 43%
71 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 90 $68,700 $54,470 - 83,080 14% 8%
72 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 90 $62,780 $35,250 - 82,320 3% 13%
73 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 90 $46,560 $36,160 - 60,040 14% 7%
74 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 90 $46,510 $29,370 - 64,980 2% 11%
75 Library assistants, clerical 90 $39,940 $28,880 - 51,470 8% 37%
76 Parts salespersons 90 $33,170 $21,250 - 47,540 -2% 6%
77 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 90 $19,560 $15,670 - 26,530 10% 17%
78 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 80 $70,370 $42,780 - 97,340 -5% 15%
79 Cost estimators 80 $62,080 $42,600 - 83,280 19% 32%
80 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 80 $61,980 $43,080 - 80,080 -13% 7%
81 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 80 $38,560 $29,590 - 49,960 11% 29%
82 Data entry keyers 80 $36,930 $25,560 - 49,800 -5% 18%
83 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 80 $33,460 $25,980 - 44,770 1% 29%
84 Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 70 $77,600 $47,740 - 105,100 8% 25%
85 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 70 $76,100 $49,390 - 100,940 7% 6%
86 Industrial machinery mechanics 70 $60,620 $48,200 - 76,610 9% 5%
87 Computer support specialists 70 $47,910 $33,630 - 65,590 13% 43%
88 Medical records and health information technicians 70 $38,490 $27,710 - 50,920 18% 12%
89 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 70 $37,510 $24,400 - 51,910 11% 5%
90 Recreation workers 70 $37,360 $20,590 - 71,170 13% 47%
91 File clerks 70 $27,590 $19,620 - 40,340 -41% 20%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 60 $72,650 $46,730 - 93,650 10% 17%
93 Property, real estate, and community association managers 60 $62,460 $42,810 - 96,340 15% 36%
94 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 60 $54,760 $38,680 - 75,430 0% 42%
95 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 60 $43,960 $30,000 - 60,240 3% 18%
96 Food service managers 60 $40,920 $23,700 - 60,720 5% 24%
97 Procurement clerks 60 $40,610 $27,260 - 52,080 -2% 24%
98 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 60 $40,530 $27,750 - 62,570 13% 11%
99 Bill and account collectors 60 $37,320 $26,610 - 48,810 23% 13%
100 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 60 $34,770 $19,510 - 59,970 12% 6%
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Jobs More Common Near Fairbanks Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Zoologists and wildlife biologists 58,410 130 71.9
Tour guides and escorts 29,100 110 23
Construction and related workers, all other 49,490 110 14.1
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 41,880 140 14
Cargo and freight agents 31,790 180 10.7
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 51,700 200 9.5
Biological technicians 36,550 100 8.7
Service station attendants 25,020 110 8.3
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 68,320 180 7.6
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 63,490 420 5.8
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 47,020 150 5.5
All other information and record clerks 36,620 200 4.4
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 32,480 110 3.7
Civil engineers 74,060 210 3.7
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 19,940 390 3.6
Child, family, and school social workers 42,440 180 3.4
Administrative services managers 64,120 170 3.2
Computer specialists, all other 70,320 130 3.1
Bartenders 24,040 320 3.1
Chief executives 123,410 170 2.9
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 60,030 260 2.8
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 37,680 140 2.7
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 24,110 110 2.5
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 26,480 450 2.5
General and operations managers 78,320 840 2.5
Electricians 63,720 320 2.4
Teachers and instructors, all other 41,180 240 2.4
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 53,050 300 2.2
Fire fighters 44,130 110 2.1
Construction managers 86,080 100 2.1
Painters, construction and maintenance 44,800 110 2.1
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 53,930 110 2
Tellers 26,030 220 1.9
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 52,890 130 1.9
Receptionists and information clerks 29,530 430 1.8
Managers, all other 58,730 140 1.8
Dental assistants 38,810 110 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 73,880 160 1.8
Carpenters 60,350 320 1.8
Security guards 33,200 400 1.7
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 40,810 100 1.7
Retail salespersons 29,120 1,530 1.6
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 26,010 110 1.6
Construction laborers 43,980 300 1.5
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 50,020 460 1.4
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 37,710 520 1.4
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 19,540 120 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 75,350 160 1.3
Computer programmers 60,140 120 1.3
Driver/sales workers 31,920 100 1.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Fairbanks, Alaska Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 68,320 1.59 180
Carpenters 60,350 1.54 320
Stock clerks and order fillers 34,450 1.51 270
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 52,890 1.5 130
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 63,490 1.48 420
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 53,050 1.46 300
Child care workers 28,000 1.45 130
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 33,000 1.44 540
Construction laborers 43,980 1.41 300
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 26,480 1.38 450
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 39,170 1.37 150
Electricians 63,720 1.36 320
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 32,560 1.36 260
Construction and related workers, all other 49,490 1.35 110
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 50,020 1.33 460
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 53,930 1.32 110
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 39,880 1.32 140
Security guards 33,200 1.32 400
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 32,480 1.31 110
Painters, construction and maintenance 44,800 1.31 110
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 60,030 1.3 260
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 47,020 1.3 150
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 73,880 1.3 160
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 75,350 1.3 160
Cashiers 24,010 1.3 740
Office clerks, general 32,740 1.29 790
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 30,950 1.28 480
Food preparation workers 24,180 1.26 160
Maintenance and repair workers, general 42,790 1.25 310
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 26,010 1.24 110
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 24,110 1.24 110
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 36,110 1.24 390
Bartenders 24,040 1.24 320
Receptionists and information clerks 29,530 1.23 430
Cooks, restaurant 26,510 1.22 210
Service station attendants 25,020 1.22 110
Dental assistants 38,810 1.2 110
Tour guides and escorts 29,100 1.2 110
Retail salespersons 29,120 1.19 1,530
Dishwashers 20,550 1.19 130
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 20,320 1.18 650
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 37,710 1.18 520
Medical assistants 32,860 1.17 110
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 32,640 1.13 210
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 19,540 1.12 120
Customer service representatives 33,200 1.12 290
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 19,940 1.12 390
All other information and record clerks 36,620 1.11 200
Tellers 26,030 1.1 220
Teachers and instructors, all other 41,180 1.08 240

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