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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

Two helpful business organizations:

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 Occupations173420$58,980$28.36100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations29160$43,270$20.814.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations16790$27,710$13.328.55
4Sales and Related Occupations15330$40,180$19.329.9
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations13450$60,380$29.036.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations10620$96,000$46.155.8
7Management Occupations9950$114,980$55.286.15
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations9490$66,470$31.966.05
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations8940$78,260$37.635.25
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations8450$61,820$29.723.8
11Construction and Extraction Occupations7960$66,830$32.134.45
12Personal Care and Service Occupations7860$31,280$15.044.3
13Retail Salespersons5810$30,930$14.872.85
14Healthcare Support Occupations5160$45,120$21.693
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4850$34,310$16.53.65
16Architecture and Engineering Occupations4820$107,650$51.751.7
17Protective Service Occupations4020$60,540$29.112.2
18Personal Care Aides3890$31,670$15.231.5
19Community and Social Service Occupations3690$54,170$26.041.65
20Registered Nurses3650$87,200$41.931.95
21Office Clerks, General3610$48,440$23.291.9
22Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3590$39,920$19.191.5
23Computer and Mathematical Occupations3570$85,900$41.32.9
24General and Operations Managers3450$116,770$56.141.5
25Production Occupations3290$47,290$22.735.7
26Cashiers3140$26,230$12.612.2
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2970$32,730$15.741.55
28Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2740$24,800$11.922.3
29Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2730$32,370$15.561.3
30Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2600$36,870$17.731.7
31Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2480$82,610$39.720.8
32Waiters and Waitresses2480$28,590$13.751.7
33Food Preparation Workers2410$26,410$12.70.6
34Customer Service Representatives2350$38,550$18.531.75
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2120$49,130$23.621.05
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2030$58,050$27.911.8
37Receptionists and Information Clerks1840$33,590$16.150.7
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1830$63,550$30.550.95
39Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1790$24,330$11.70.3
40Business Operations Specialists, All Other1740$81,320$39.090.7
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1550$50,040$24.060.9
42Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1460$57,220$27.511.2
43Legal Occupations1400$96,940$46.610.8
44Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1380$61,840$29.730.9
45Childcare Workers1370$25,780$12.40.8
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1240$46,180$22.21
47Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1240$42,470$20.420.6
48Accountants and Auditors1240$80,190$38.550.9
49Security Guards1150$47,810$22.990.7
50First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1150$36,280$17.440.6
51Medical Assistants1090$41,440$19.920.45
52Carpenters1080$68,330$32.850.7
53Cooks, Restaurant1050$29,350$14.110.8
54Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1040$75,720$36.40.2
55Nursing Assistants1040$36,990$17.791
56Dishwashers1000$24,390$11.730.3
57Construction Laborers970$52,840$25.40.8
58Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics950$56,400$27.110.5
59Medical Secretaries930$42,390$20.380.4
60Managers, All Other910$114,740$55.170.6
61Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants910$58,770$28.250.35
62Transportation Workers, All Other850$40,000$19.230
63Home Health Aides840$29,130$140.7
64Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians840$69,060$33.20.1
65Tellers840$28,050$13.490.3
66Sales Representatives, Services, All Other830$59,850$28.770.6
67Bartenders820$31,140$14.970.4
68Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers780$24,040$11.560.3
69Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners770$27,070$13.010.9
70Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters760$73,230$35.210.3
71Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other760$49,270$23.690.2
72Civil Engineers750$128,060$61.570.2
73Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks740$41,050$19.740.4
74Electricians740$74,240$35.690.4
75Loan Officers730$71,430$34.340.2
76Network and Computer Systems Administrators720$84,430$40.590.25
77Dental Assistants710$46,240$22.230.2
78Child, Family, and School Social Workers670$49,570$23.830.2
79Lawyers670$122,060$58.680.5
80Cooks, Fast Food660$26,610$12.790.3
81Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers650$37,480$18.020.8
82Construction Managers640$125,990$60.570.3
83Computer Systems Analysts610$80,110$38.510.4
84First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers590$86,070$41.380.3
85Billing and Posting Clerks580$42,040$20.210.3
86Counter and Rental Clerks560$29,430$14.150.3
87Packers and Packagers, Hand560$32,470$15.610.45
88Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers550$83,700$40.240.4
89Human Resources Specialists530$71,600$34.420.35
90Information and Record Clerks, All Other520$41,320$19.870.1
91Massage Therapists510$88,050$42.330.1
92Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers500$76,230$36.650.15
93Computer User Support Specialists500$60,590$29.130.4
94Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other500$31,000$14.90.1
95Chefs and Head Cooks490$35,970$17.290.1
96Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop490$23,290$11.20.3
97Financial Managers490$118,090$56.770.4
98Bus Drivers, School or Special Client490$40,380$19.410.3
99Social and Human Service Assistants480$36,160$17.380.25
100Medical and Health Services Managers470$130,980$62.970.25
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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$58,980173,420
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$43,27029,160
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,71016,790
Sales and Related Occupations$40,18015,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$60,38013,450
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$96,00010,620
Management Occupations$114,9809,950
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$66,4709,490
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$78,2608,940
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$61,8208,450
Construction and Extraction Occupations$66,8307,960
Personal Care and Service Occupations$31,2807,860
Retail Salespersons$30,9305,810
Healthcare Support Occupations$45,1205,160
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,3104,850
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$107,6504,820
Protective Service Occupations$60,5404,020
Personal Care Aides$31,6703,890
Community and Social Service Occupations$54,1703,690
Registered Nurses$87,2003,650
Office Clerks, General$48,4403,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,9203,590
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,9003,570
General and Operations Managers$116,7703,450
Production Occupations$47,2903,290
Cashiers$26,2303,140
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,7302,970
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,8002,740
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,3702,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$36,8702,600
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$82,6102,480
Waiters and Waitresses$28,5902,480
Food Preparation Workers$26,4102,410
Customer Service Representatives$38,5502,350
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$49,1302,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$58,0502,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks$33,5901,840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,5501,830
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop$24,3301,790
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$81,3201,740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$50,0401,550
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$57,2201,460
Legal Occupations$96,9401,400
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$61,8401,380
Childcare Workers$25,7801,370
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,1801,240
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$42,4701,240
Accountants and Auditors$80,1901,240
Security Guards$47,8101,150
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,2801,150

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$58,980173,420
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$43,27029,160
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,71016,790
Sales and Related Occupations$40,18015,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$60,38013,450
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$96,00010,620
Management Occupations$114,9809,950
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$66,4709,490
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$78,2608,940
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$61,8208,450
Construction and Extraction Occupations$66,8307,960
Personal Care and Service Occupations$31,2807,860
Retail Salespersons$30,9305,810
Healthcare Support Occupations$45,1205,160
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,3104,850
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$107,6504,820
Protective Service Occupations$60,5404,020
Personal Care Aides$31,6703,890
Community and Social Service Occupations$54,1703,690
Registered Nurses$87,2003,650
Office Clerks, General$48,4403,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,9203,590
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,9003,570
General and Operations Managers$116,7703,450
Production Occupations$47,2903,290
Cashiers$26,2303,140
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,7302,970
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,3702,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$36,8702,600
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$82,6102,480
Waiters and Waitresses$28,5902,480
Food Preparation Workers$26,4102,410
Customer Service Representatives$38,5502,350
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$49,1302,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$58,0502,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks$33,5901,840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,5501,830
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$81,3201,740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$50,0401,550
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$57,2201,460
Legal Occupations$96,9401,400
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$61,8401,380
Childcare Workers$25,7801,370
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,1801,240
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$42,4701,240
Accountants and Auditors$80,1901,240
Security Guards$47,8101,150
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,2801,150
Medical Assistants$41,4401,090
Carpenters$68,3301,080

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