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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 176200 $57770 $27.78 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29310 $43080 $20.71 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 17060 $28050 $13.48 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 16320 $39720 $19.1 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 13220 $55760 $26.81 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 10010 $92680 $44.56 5.75
7 Management Occupations 9820 $114770 $55.18 6.05
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 9280 $65960 $31.71 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 9190 $78020 $37.51 5.05
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 8960 $66580 $32.01 4.4
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 8400 $30720 $14.77 4.1
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7880 $60020 $28.85 3.8
13 Retail Salespersons 6320 $28860 $13.87 3.1
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5710 $32250 $15.5 3.7
15 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 5070 $108890 $52.35 1.65
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 4710 $45520 $21.89 3.05
17 Community and Social Service Occupations 3990 $52610 $25.29 1.65
18 Protective Service Occupations 3990 $59160 $28.44 2.25
19 Office Clerks, General 3630 $47500 $22.84 2
20 Personal Care Aides 3620 $31100 $14.95 1.3
21 Registered Nurses 3610 $86850 $41.75 1.9
22 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3590 $38760 $18.64 1.6
23 Production Occupations 3590 $47460 $22.82 5.85
24 General and Operations Managers 3500 $114910 $55.25 1.4
25 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3430 $31240 $15.02 1.6
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3370 $86160 $41.42 2.8
27 Cashiers 3170 $26300 $12.65 2.25
28 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2830 $23260 $11.18 2.15
29 Waiters and Waitresses 2760 $33650 $16.18 1.6
30 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2700 $35280 $16.96 1.6
31 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2590 $81420 $39.14 0.9
32 Food Preparation Workers 2520 $25690 $12.35 0.6
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2480 $30440 $14.63 1.2
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2430 $48240 $23.19 1.1
35 Customer Service Representatives 2260 $36590 $17.59 1.75
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2110 $56590 $27.21 1.7
37 Childcare Workers 1960 $26010 $12.51 0.8
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1860 $65430 $31.46 1
39 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1820 $24440 $11.75 0.3
40 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1770 $79070 $38.01 0.7
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1600 $50240 $24.16 0.9
42 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1580 $33000 $15.87 0.7
43 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1520 $53760 $25.85 1.2
44 Legal Occupations 1500 $97410 $46.83 0.8
45 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1460 $48060 $23.11 1
46 Accountants and Auditors 1320 $80850 $38.87 0.9
47 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1300 $65260 $31.38 1
48 Construction Laborers 1160 $49820 $23.95 0.8
49 Carpenters 1130 $69020 $33.18 0.6
50 Cooks, Restaurant 1120 $29560 $14.21 0.75
51 Security Guards 1110 $48350 $23.25 0.7
52 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1100 $59180 $28.45 0.5
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1100 $40190 $19.32 0.6
54 Dishwashers 1090 $23330 $11.22 0.3
55 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1070 $26540 $12.76 1
56 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1060 $35730 $17.18 0.6
57 Medical Secretaries 1050 $40920 $19.67 0.4
58 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 1040 $73650 $35.41 0.2
59 Nursing Assistants 970 $36140 $17.38 1.05
60 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 940 $67690 $32.54 0.3
61 Managers, All Other 940 $114850 $55.22 0.65
62 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 920 $53530 $25.74 0.5
63 Medical Assistants 890 $39220 $18.86 0.45
64 Civil Engineers 880 $124620 $59.91 0.2
65 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 820 $61220 $29.44 0.6
66 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 810 $47080 $22.64 0.2
67 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 800 $39730 $19.1 0.4
68 Dental Assistants 780 $45200 $21.73 0.2
69 Tellers 760 $26210 $12.6 0.3
70 Transportation Workers, All Other 760 $38840 $18.67 0
71 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 760 $66450 $31.95 0.1
72 Electricians 760 $76930 $36.99 0.4
73 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 750 $23400 $11.25 0.25
74 Social and Human Service Assistants 740 $34100 $16.39 0.3
75 Bartenders 720 $33880 $16.29 0.4
76 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 690 $86400 $41.54 0.3
77 Home Health Aides 670 $31530 $15.16 0.7
78 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 670 $33390 $16.06 0.8
79 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 660 $48660 $23.39 0.2
80 Lawyers 650 $125700 $60.43 0.5
81 Counter and Rental Clerks 650 $30310 $14.57 0.3
82 Massage Therapists 630 $86670 $41.67 0.1
83 Billing and Posting Clerks 600 $41110 $19.77 0.35
84 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 600 $83310 $40.05 0.3
85 Loan Officers 590 $76710 $36.88 0.2
86 Human Resources Specialists 590 $67920 $32.65 0.3
87 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 570 $68830 $33.09 0.2
88 Packers and Packagers, Hand 570 $31620 $15.2 0.45
89 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 570 $80600 $38.75 0.45
90 Construction Managers 570 $133100 $63.99 0.2
91 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 550 $98250 $47.23 0.4
92 Cooks, Fast Food 530 $24820 $11.93 0.3
93 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 530 $27930 $13.43 0.3
94 Computer User Support Specialists 530 $57130 $27.47 0.4
95 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 510 $38730 $18.62 0.3
96 Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 510 $30650 $14.74 0.1
97 Parts Salespersons 500 $40710 $19.57 0.2
98 Financial Managers 490 $118040 $56.75 0.4
99 Driver/Sales Workers 480 $31230 $15.02 0.3
100 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 470 $42500 $20.43 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Anchorage Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 57,770 176,200
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 43,080 29,310
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 28,050 17,060
Sales and Related Occupations 39,720 16,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 55,760 13,220
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 92,680 10,010
Management Occupations 114,770 9,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 65,960 9,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 78,020 9,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations 66,580 8,960
Personal Care and Service Occupations 30,720 8,400
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 60,020 7,880
Retail Salespersons 28,860 6,320
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,250 5,710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 108,890 5,070
Healthcare Support Occupations 45,520 4,710
Community and Social Service Occupations 52,610 3,990
Protective Service Occupations 59,160 3,990
Office Clerks, General 47,500 3,630
Personal Care Aides 31,100 3,620
Registered Nurses 86,850 3,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,760 3,590
Production Occupations 47,460 3,590
General and Operations Managers 114,910 3,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 31,240 3,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 86,160 3,370
Cashiers 26,300 3,170
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,260 2,830
Waiters and Waitresses 33,650 2,760
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 35,280 2,700
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 81,420 2,590
Food Preparation Workers 25,690 2,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 30,440 2,480
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 48,240 2,430
Customer Service Representatives 36,590 2,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,590 2,110
Childcare Workers 26,010 1,960
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 65,430 1,860
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 24,440 1,820
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 79,070 1,770
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 50,240 1,600
Receptionists and Information Clerks 33,000 1,580
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 53,760 1,520
Legal Occupations 97,410 1,500
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,060 1,460
Accountants and Auditors 80,850 1,320
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,260 1,300
Construction Laborers 49,820 1,160
Carpenters 69,020 1,130
Cooks, Restaurant 29,560 1,120

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 57,770 176,200
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 43,080 29,310
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 28,050 17,060
Sales and Related Occupations 39,720 16,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 55,760 13,220
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 92,680 10,010
Management Occupations 114,770 9,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 65,960 9,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 78,020 9,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations 66,580 8,960
Personal Care and Service Occupations 30,720 8,400
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 60,020 7,880
Retail Salespersons 28,860 6,320
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,250 5,710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 108,890 5,070
Healthcare Support Occupations 45,520 4,710
Community and Social Service Occupations 52,610 3,990
Protective Service Occupations 59,160 3,990
Office Clerks, General 47,500 3,630
Personal Care Aides 31,100 3,620
Registered Nurses 86,850 3,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,760 3,590
Production Occupations 47,460 3,590
General and Operations Managers 114,910 3,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 31,240 3,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 86,160 3,370
Cashiers 26,300 3,170
Waiters and Waitresses 33,650 2,760
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 35,280 2,700
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 81,420 2,590
Food Preparation Workers 25,690 2,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 30,440 2,480
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 48,240 2,430
Customer Service Representatives 36,590 2,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,590 2,110
Childcare Workers 26,010 1,960
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 65,430 1,860
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 79,070 1,770
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 50,240 1,600
Receptionists and Information Clerks 33,000 1,580
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 53,760 1,520
Legal Occupations 97,410 1,500
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,060 1,460
Accountants and Auditors 80,850 1,320
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,260 1,300
Construction Laborers 49,820 1,160
Carpenters 69,020 1,130
Cooks, Restaurant 29,560 1,120
Security Guards 48,350 1,110
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 59,180 1,100

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