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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.

Jobs in Fairbanks

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 37080 $55580 $26.72 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 6200 $43380 $20.86 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 3420 $27400 $13.17 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 3130 $34750 $16.71 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 2910 $72560 $34.88 6.15
6 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2890 $65870 $31.67 4.4
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 2240 $47140 $22.67 6.45
8 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2090 $59030 $28.38 3.8
9 Management Occupations 2000 $98330 $47.27 6.05
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 1980 $89650 $43.1 5.75
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1690 $32390 $15.57 3.7
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1340 $75690 $36.39 5.05
13 Retail Salespersons 1340 $29480 $14.17 3.1
14 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1090 $65770 $31.62 0.9
15 Community and Social Service Occupations 940 $57320 $27.56 1.65
16 Protective Service Occupations 880 $52280 $25.13 2.25
17 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 860 $39900 $19.18 1.6
18 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 840 $91140 $43.82 1.65
19 Production Occupations 830 $54560 $26.23 5.85
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 810 $34170 $16.43 4.1
21 Cashiers 790 $26590 $12.78 2.25
22 Office Clerks, General 790 $46750 $22.47 2
23 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 730 $29490 $14.18 1
24 Food Preparation Workers 720 $28640 $13.77 0.6
25 Healthcare Support Occupations 700 $43570 $20.95 3.05
26 Registered Nurses 690 $82430 $39.63 1.9
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 680 $31820 $15.3 1.6
28 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 640 $24930 $11.98 2.15
29 General and Operations Managers 630 $94720 $45.54 1.4
30 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 550 $76530 $36.79 2.8
31 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 540 $75800 $36.44 0.2
32 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 520 $41650 $20.02 1.6
33 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 500 $47710 $22.94 1.1
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 500 $34900 $16.78 1.2
35 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 430 $54520 $26.21 0.9
36 Customer Service Representatives 410 $32890 $15.81 1.75
37 Substitute Teachers 410 $46760 $22.48 0
38 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 400 $50050 $24.06 1.2
39 Waiters and Waitresses 390 $24930 $11.99 1.6
40 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 360 $70960 $34.12 0.3
41 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 350 $74000 $35.57 0.7
42 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 340 $65090 $31.3 1
43 Receptionists and Information Clerks 330 $35070 $16.86 0.7
44 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 320 $50080 $24.08 1.7
45 Personal Care Aides 280 $30970 $14.89 1.3
46 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 260 $44320 $21.31 1
47 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 250 $57420 $27.61 0.5
48 Accountants and Auditors 240 $86130 $41.41 0.9
49 Billing and Posting Clerks 240 $41830 $20.11 0.35
50 Carpenters 240 $63990 $30.77 0.6
51 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 230 $29980 $14.41 0.2
52 Security Guards 230 $43070 $20.71 0.7
53 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 220 $78900 $37.93 0.2
54 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 210 $93040 $44.73 0.4
55 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 210 $30000 $14.42 0.3
56 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 200 $32650 $15.7 0.6
57 Legal Occupations 200 $85310 $41.01 0.8
58 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 200 $52840 $25.4 0.6
59 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 200 $60060 $28.87 0.1
60 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 190 $48000 $23.08 0.1
61 Electricians 190 $79550 $38.25 0.4
62 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 190 $58940 $28.34 0.5
63 Dental Assistants 190 $43130 $20.74 0.2
64 Managers, All Other 180 $94980 $45.66 0.65
65 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 170 $47780 $22.97 0.2
66 Mental Health Counselors 170 $55800 $26.83 0.1
67 Construction Managers 170 $109770 $52.78 0.2
68 Cooks, Restaurant 170 $28560 $13.73 0.75
69 Dishwashers 170 $22420 $10.78 0.3
70 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 160 $54750 $26.32 1
71 Tellers 160 $30280 $14.56 0.3
72 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 160 $43170 $20.76 0.4
73 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 160 $84090 $40.43 0.3
74 Civil Engineers 150 $117330 $56.41 0.2
75 Firefighters 150 $49260 $23.68 0.2
76 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 150 $37260 $17.91 0.3
77 Cooks, Fast Food 140 $23240 $11.17 0.3
78 Packers and Packagers, Hand 140 $34860 $16.76 0.45
79 Medical and Health Services Managers 130 $100240 $48.19 0.2
80 Childcare Workers 130 $32280 $15.52 0.8
81 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 130 $48650 $23.39 0.6
82 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 130 $48210 $23.18 0.2
83 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 120 $22040 $10.6 0.3
84 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 120 $24570 $11.81 0.2
85 Social and Human Service Assistants 120 $37150 $17.86 0.3
86 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 110 $38400 $18.46 0.8
87 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 110 $63160 $30.37 0.1
88 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 110 $39040 $18.77 0.3
89 Medical Secretaries 110 $46100 $22.16 0.4
90 Financial Managers 110 $95710 $46.02 0.4
91 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 100 $77160 $37.1 0.1
92 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 100 $74660 $35.9 0.45
93 Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 100 $33190 $15.96 0.1
94 Human Resources Specialists 100 $72780 $34.99 0.3
95 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 100 $44250 $21.27 0.1
96 Insurance Sales Agents 100 $53680 $25.81 0.3
97 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 100 $72880 $35.04 0.1
98 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 100 $53280 $25.62 0.5
99 First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 100 $47050 $22.62 0.2
100 Computer Occupations, All Other 100 $82610 $39.72 0.2
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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
All Occupations 55,580 37,080
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 43,380 6,200
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 27,400 3,420
Sales and Related Occupations 34,750 3,130
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 72,560 2,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations 65,870 2,890
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 47,140 2,240
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 59,030 2,090
Management Occupations 98,330 2,000
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 89,650 1,980
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,390 1,690
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75,690 1,340
Retail Salespersons 29,480 1,340
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,770 1,090
Community and Social Service Occupations 57,320 940
Protective Service Occupations 52,280 880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 39,900 860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 91,140 840
Production Occupations 54,560 830
Personal Care and Service Occupations 34,170 810
Cashiers 26,590 790
Office Clerks, General 46,750 790
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,490 730
Food Preparation Workers 28,640 720
Healthcare Support Occupations 43,570 700
Registered Nurses 82,430 690
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 31,820 680
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 24,930 640
General and Operations Managers 94,720 630
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 76,530 550
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 75,800 540
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 41,650 520
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 47,710 500
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 34,900 500
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 54,520 430
Customer Service Representatives 32,890 410
Substitute Teachers 46,760 410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 50,050 400
Waiters and Waitresses 24,930 390
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 70,960 360
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 74,000 350
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 65,090 340
Receptionists and Information Clerks 35,070 330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,080 320
Personal Care Aides 30,970 280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,320 260
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 57,420 250
Accountants and Auditors 86,130 240
Billing and Posting Clerks 41,830 240
Carpenters 63,990 240

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 55,580 37,080
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 43,380 6,200
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 27,400 3,420
Sales and Related Occupations 34,750 3,130
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 72,560 2,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations 65,870 2,890
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 47,140 2,240
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 59,030 2,090
Management Occupations 98,330 2,000
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 89,650 1,980
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 32,390 1,690
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75,690 1,340
Retail Salespersons 29,480 1,340
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,770 1,090
Community and Social Service Occupations 57,320 940
Protective Service Occupations 52,280 880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 39,900 860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 91,140 840
Production Occupations 54,560 830
Personal Care and Service Occupations 34,170 810
Cashiers 26,590 790
Office Clerks, General 46,750 790
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,490 730
Food Preparation Workers 28,640 720
Healthcare Support Occupations 43,570 700
Registered Nurses 82,430 690
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 31,820 680
General and Operations Managers 94,720 630
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 76,530 550
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 75,800 540
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 41,650 520
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 47,710 500
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 34,900 500
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 54,520 430
Customer Service Representatives 32,890 410
Substitute Teachers 46,760 410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 50,050 400
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 70,960 360
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 74,000 350
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 65,090 340
Receptionists and Information Clerks 35,070 330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,080 320
Personal Care Aides 30,970 280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,320 260
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 57,420 250
Accountants and Auditors 86,130 240
Billing and Posting Clerks 41,830 240
Carpenters 63,990 240
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 29,980 230
Security Guards 43,070 230

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