Anchorage Employment

Employment and Industries in the Anchorage, Alaska Area

The major economic sectors for Anchorage are transportation, the military, oil and gas, local and federal government and convention and tourism. Finance, construction, education and healthcare are also significant factors for the economy. Anchorage is not Alaska's center for oil production, however it's the administrative center for the petroleum industry. The economy is also bolstered by the tourism and conventions industry which usually brings in about 150 million dollars each year.

The Elmendorf Air Force Base, Fort Richardson Army Post and Kulis Air National Guard provide a vast number of jobs in Anchorage. The military and their families also stimulate the economy by patronizing local businesses. Although Juneau is the state capital, Anchorage actually has more state employees. Many of the federal government jobs are related to federal lands management.

Anchorage is the state's major transportation, trade, communications, finance and services center. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is one of the busiest airports regarding cargo traffic in the world. The direct and indirect employment associated with the airport provides approximately 10% of the jobs in the city. In addition, over 90% of the consumer goods arriving in Alaska come through the Port of Anchorage.

New and existing companies are helped in Anchorage by a variety of incentives including customized job training programs, municipal revenue bonds, low interest loans and property tax abatement. The Alaska Export Assistance Center helps local businesses expand into various foreign markets. In addition, the University of Alaska Anchorage, in association with the Alaska Economic Development Corporation, offers a mentor program that connects students with businesses.

A collection of notable information regarding Anchorage: Anchorage has been named an All-American city several times by the National Civic League. Wages are typically higher in Anchorage than the rest of the nation. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 90.5 and the national average is 100. The growth rate of the economy is typically a little lower than the rest of the nation, however during economic downturns Anchorage's economy is less effected than most of the nation. For residents over the age of 25 approximately 29% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The largest employers in Anchorage are:

  • Ted Stevens International Airport
  • Providence Alaska Medical Center & Hospital System
  • Fort Richardson US Army Base
  • Teleco Telephone
  • University of Alaska at Anchorage
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Sullivan Arena/Government offices
  • Conoco Philips
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Emergency Transportation Services
  • GCI
  • Northern Air Cargo
  • Wal-Mart/Sam's Club
  • Trident Seafoods
  • Banner Health System
  • NANA Management Services

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The Anchorage Daily News provides information about the current business activities in the Anchorage area.

Jobs in Anchorage

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations171770$59,430$28.57100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations29750$44,140$21.2213.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations16510$27,680$13.318.7
4Sales and Related Occupations15390$40,080$19.279.5
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations12180$64,420$30.976.7
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations11130$96,740$46.515.85
7Management Occupations10610$115,630$55.596.35
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations9910$62,590$30.096
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations8740$61,080$29.373.75
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations8000$75,860$36.475.35
11Construction and Extraction Occupations7730$65,190$31.344.6
12Personal Care and Service Occupations7690$32,030$15.44.65
13Retail Salespersons6340$30,580$14.72.7
14Healthcare Support Occupations4910$45,440$21.852.85
15Architecture and Engineering Occupations4610$108,490$52.161.7
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4470$35,550$17.093.6
17Personal Care Aides4110$32,630$15.691.7
18Protective Service Occupations4090$62,870$30.232.2
19Office Clerks, General3880$47,080$22.631.9
20Registered Nurses3750$88,170$42.391.95
21General and Operations Managers3630$123,200$59.231.5
22Community and Social Service Occupations3490$53,550$25.751.75
23Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3420$41,870$20.131.4
24Computer and Mathematical Occupations3300$83,460$40.133
25Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3200$32,940$15.841.25
26Cashiers2910$27,580$13.262.2
27Production Occupations2890$52,400$25.195.6
28Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2790$25,350$12.192.45
29Food Preparation Workers2590$27,720$13.330.5
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2590$31,710$15.251.5
31Customer Service Representatives2520$38,900$18.71.75
32Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2430$37,520$18.041.8
33Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2390$79,800$38.370.8
34Waiters and Waitresses2370$25,120$12.081.65
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2250$49,120$23.621.05
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2180$57,480$27.631.8
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2180$64,890$31.20.95
38Receptionists and Information Clerks1860$35,120$16.890.7
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1600$49,540$23.820.9
40Cooks, Restaurant1560$28,630$13.770.9
41Legal Occupations1550$91,720$44.090.8
42Business Operations Specialists, All Other1510$82,350$39.590.7
43Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1350$24,580$11.820.3
44Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1330$45,520$21.880.6
45Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1330$56,620$27.220.85
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1270$45,960$22.10.95
47Medical Secretaries1220$41,750$20.070.4
48Substitute Teachers1200$40,760$19.60.4
49Accountants and Auditors1190$81,000$38.940.9
50Medical Assistants1170$45,110$21.690.45
51Carpenters1160$65,250$31.370.6
52First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1140$36,940$17.760.6
53Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1120$57,200$27.51.2
54Construction Laborers1110$54,080$260.9
55Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1040$52,260$25.120.5
56Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians1020$67,410$32.410.1
57Security Guards1020$49,400$23.750.7
58Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators990$73,530$35.350.25
59Nursing Assistants980$38,520$18.520.95
60Childcare Workers970$27,600$13.270.7
61Bartenders950$27,650$13.290.4
62Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers920$24,790$11.920.3
63Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners920$28,900$13.890.9
64Civil Engineers810$132,680$63.790.2
65Dishwashers760$25,700$12.360.3
66Electricians740$73,790$35.480.45
67Tellers740$28,370$13.640.25
68Managers, All Other730$125,550$60.360.7
69Sales Representatives, Services, All Other720$62,060$29.840.7
70Transportation Workers, All Other720$42,530$20.450
71Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other710$51,990$250.1
72Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education690$33,750$16.230.3
73Construction Managers680$118,250$56.850.3
74Lawyers680$120,820$58.090.5
75Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants670$59,840$28.770.35
76Medical and Health Services Managers640$115,620$55.590.3
77Network and Computer Systems Administrators640$83,900$40.340.2
78Child, Family, and School Social Workers630$49,650$23.870.2
79Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters630$76,990$37.020.3
80Dental Assistants620$45,240$21.750.2
81Loan Officers620$73,950$35.550.2
82Training and Development Specialists620$44,430$21.360.2
83Billing and Posting Clerks610$44,680$21.480.3
84Home Health Aides610$27,070$13.010.6
85First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers600$86,340$41.510.3
86Social and Human Service Assistants590$39,240$18.870.3
87Cooks, Fast Food580$27,550$13.240.3
88Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers560$90,550$43.530.4
89Financial Managers540$115,430$55.50.4
90Information and Record Clerks, All Other520$43,030$20.690.1
91Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers520$98,570$47.390.1
92Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop510$24,250$11.660.3
93Paralegals and Legal Assistants510$58,480$28.120.2
94First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers500$92,200$44.330.4
95Bus Drivers, School or Special Client490$45,260$21.760.3
96Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products490$81,210$39.040.2
97Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers490$74,150$35.650.1
98Human Resources Specialists480$73,740$35.450.4
99Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors470$60,640$29.160.2
100Buyers and Purchasing Agents460$76,370$36.720.25
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Anchorage Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$59,430171,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$44,14029,750
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,68016,510
Sales and Related Occupations$40,08015,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$64,42012,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$96,74011,130
Management Occupations$115,63010,610
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,5909,910
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$61,0808,740
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,8608,000
Construction and Extraction Occupations$65,1907,730
Personal Care and Service Occupations$32,0307,690
Retail Salespersons$30,5806,340
Healthcare Support Occupations$45,4404,910
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$108,4904,610
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$35,5504,470
Personal Care Aides$32,6304,110
Protective Service Occupations$62,8704,090
Office Clerks, General$47,0803,880
Registered Nurses$88,1703,750
General and Operations Managers$123,2003,630
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,5503,490
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$41,8703,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,4603,300
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,9403,200
Cashiers$27,5802,910
Production Occupations$52,4002,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,3502,790
Food Preparation Workers$27,7202,590
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,7102,590
Customer Service Representatives$38,9002,520
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$37,5202,430
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$79,8002,390
Waiters and Waitresses$25,1202,370
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$49,1202,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,4802,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$64,8902,180
Receptionists and Information Clerks$35,1201,860
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$49,5401,600
Cooks, Restaurant$28,6301,560
Legal Occupations$91,7201,550
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$82,3501,510
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop$24,5801,350
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$45,5201,330
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,6201,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,9601,270
Medical Secretaries$41,7501,220
Substitute Teachers$40,7601,200
Accountants and Auditors$81,0001,190
Medical Assistants$45,1101,170

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$59,430171,770
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$44,14029,750
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,68016,510
Sales and Related Occupations$40,08015,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$64,42012,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$96,74011,130
Management Occupations$115,63010,610
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,5909,910
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$61,0808,740
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,8608,000
Construction and Extraction Occupations$65,1907,730
Personal Care and Service Occupations$32,0307,690
Retail Salespersons$30,5806,340
Healthcare Support Occupations$45,4404,910
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$108,4904,610
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$35,5504,470
Personal Care Aides$32,6304,110
Protective Service Occupations$62,8704,090
Office Clerks, General$47,0803,880
Registered Nurses$88,1703,750
General and Operations Managers$123,2003,630
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,5503,490
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$41,8703,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,4603,300
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,9403,200
Cashiers$27,5802,910
Production Occupations$52,4002,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,3502,790
Food Preparation Workers$27,7202,590
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,7102,590
Customer Service Representatives$38,9002,520
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$37,5202,430
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$79,8002,390
Waiters and Waitresses$25,1202,370
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$49,1202,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,4802,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$64,8902,180
Receptionists and Information Clerks$35,1201,860
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$49,5401,600
Cooks, Restaurant$28,6301,560
Legal Occupations$91,7201,550
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$82,3501,510
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$45,5201,330
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,6201,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,9601,270
Medical Secretaries$41,7501,220
Substitute Teachers$40,7601,200
Accountants and Auditors$81,0001,190
Medical Assistants$45,1101,170
Carpenters$65,2501,160

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