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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations36650$56,760$27.29100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations6190$43,900$21.1114.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations3370$28,970$13.938.55
4Sales and Related Occupations3300$34,320$16.59.9
5Construction and Extraction Occupations2490$65,560$31.524.45
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2110$100,630$48.385.8
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations2090$49,620$23.866.55
8Management Occupations2070$96,650$46.476.15
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations1940$60,800$29.233.8
10Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1760$32,810$15.783.65
11Retail Salespersons1390$28,690$13.792.85
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations1330$77,510$37.275.25
13Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1140$67,800$32.60.8
14Food Preparation Workers970$29,890$14.370.6
15Personal Care and Service Occupations910$34,700$16.684.3
16Protective Service Occupations890$53,170$25.562.2
17Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive880$39,960$19.211.5
18Cashiers840$27,400$13.182.2
19Office Clerks, General840$48,300$23.221.9
20Architecture and Engineering Occupations830$94,440$45.41.7
21Community and Social Service Occupations780$49,920$241.65
22Production Occupations770$56,070$26.965.7
23Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners750$32,040$15.41.55
24Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners710$30,000$14.420.9
25Registered Nurses690$83,280$40.041.95
26Healthcare Support Occupations670$45,050$21.663
27General and Operations Managers630$97,530$46.891.5
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers600$35,250$16.951.3
29Computer and Mathematical Occupations570$77,980$37.492.9
30Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food560$26,170$12.582.3
31Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks520$47,360$22.771.05
32Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators400$73,930$35.540.2
33Waiters and Waitresses370$27,600$13.271.7
34First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers360$65,190$31.340.95
35Customer Service Representatives350$33,080$15.91.75
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General350$54,770$26.330.9
37Personal Care Aides350$32,460$15.611.5
38Business Operations Specialists, All Other340$75,890$36.490.7
39Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers340$51,790$24.91.2
40Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand330$32,240$15.51.7
41Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations320$48,660$23.391.8
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers290$43,580$20.951
43Receptionists and Information Clerks290$36,070$17.340.7
44Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics260$58,960$28.340.5
45Bartenders260$27,250$13.10.4
46Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians230$66,140$31.80.1
47Security Guards230$44,550$21.420.7
48Carpenters220$64,240$30.890.7
49Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products220$48,690$23.410.9
50Billing and Posting Clerks210$43,430$20.880.3
51Information and Record Clerks, All Other210$46,940$22.570.1
52Accountants and Auditors200$94,680$45.520.9
53Child, Family, and School Social Workers200$46,470$22.340.2
54Legal Occupations200$91,610$44.040.8
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers200$46,220$22.220.6
56Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop190$26,200$12.60.3
57Electricians190$76,340$36.70.4
58First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers190$95,150$45.750.4
59First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers190$36,030$17.320.6
60Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks190$29,480$14.170.2
61Managers, All Other190$90,330$43.430.6
62Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers180$24,620$11.840.3
63First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers170$83,490$40.140.3
64Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment160$24,720$11.880.2
65Construction Managers160$103,720$49.860.3
66Dishwashers160$24,700$11.880.3
67Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants160$61,730$29.680.35
68Tellers160$30,910$14.860.3
69Bus Drivers, School or Special Client150$40,740$19.590.3
70Dental Assistants150$44,870$21.570.2
71Medical and Health Services Managers150$101,480$48.790.25
72Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks150$45,970$22.10.4
73Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria140$36,590$17.590.3
74Cooks, Restaurant140$32,630$15.690.8
75Sales Representatives, Services, All Other140$51,370$24.70.6
76Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists130$62,380$29.990.2
77Firefighters130$46,060$22.140.2
78Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other130$50,070$24.070.2
79Social and Human Service Assistants130$38,130$18.330.25
80Childcare Workers120$31,150$14.980.8
81Financial Managers120$95,580$45.950.4
82Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines120$66,760$32.10.1
83Packers and Packagers, Hand120$36,960$17.770.45
84Civil Engineering Technicians110$72,640$34.920
85Sheet Metal Workers110$73,060$35.130.1
86Administrative Services Managers100$81,350$39.110.2
87Computer Occupations, All Other100$84,520$40.640.2
88Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health100$76,280$36.670.1
89First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers100$46,790$22.50.2
90Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers100$83,280$40.040
91Human Resources Specialists100$67,520$32.460.35
92Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers100$39,670$19.070.8
93Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses100$54,720$26.310.5
94Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance90$44,370$21.330.1
95Driver/Sales Workers90$29,250$14.060.3
96First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors90$70,860$34.070
97Medical Assistants90$44,620$21.450.45
98Medical Records and Health Information Technicians90$48,090$23.120.1
99Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers90$77,370$37.20.4
100Social and Community Service Managers90$75,450$36.280.1
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Jobs More Common Near Fairbanks Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$56,76036,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$43,9006,190
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,9703,370
Sales and Related Occupations$34,3203,300
Construction and Extraction Occupations$65,5602,490
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$100,6302,110
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$49,6202,090
Management Occupations$96,6502,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$60,8001,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,8101,760
Retail Salespersons$28,6901,390
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,5101,330
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$67,8001,140
Food Preparation Workers$29,890970
Personal Care and Service Occupations$34,700910
Protective Service Occupations$53,170890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,960880
Cashiers$27,400840
Office Clerks, General$48,300840
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$94,440830
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,920780
Production Occupations$56,070770
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,040750
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,000710
Registered Nurses$83,280690
Healthcare Support Occupations$45,050670
General and Operations Managers$97,530630
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$35,250600
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,980570
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$26,170560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$47,360520
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$73,930400
Waiters and Waitresses$27,600370
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$65,190360
Customer Service Representatives$33,080350
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$54,770350
Personal Care Aides$32,460350
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,890340
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$51,790340
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,240330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,660320
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,580290
Receptionists and Information Clerks$36,070290
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$58,960260
Bartenders$27,250260
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians$66,140230
Security Guards$44,550230
Carpenters$64,240220
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$48,690220
Billing and Posting Clerks$43,430210

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$56,76036,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$43,9006,190
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,9703,370
Sales and Related Occupations$34,3203,300
Construction and Extraction Occupations$65,5602,490
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$100,6302,110
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$49,6202,090
Management Occupations$96,6502,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$60,8001,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,8101,760
Retail Salespersons$28,6901,390
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,5101,330
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$67,8001,140
Food Preparation Workers$29,890970
Personal Care and Service Occupations$34,700910
Protective Service Occupations$53,170890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,960880
Cashiers$27,400840
Office Clerks, General$48,300840
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$94,440830
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,920780
Production Occupations$56,070770
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,040750
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,000710
Registered Nurses$83,280690
Healthcare Support Occupations$45,050670
General and Operations Managers$97,530630
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$35,250600
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,980570
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$26,170560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$47,360520
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$73,930400
Waiters and Waitresses$27,600370
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$65,190360
Customer Service Representatives$33,080350
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$54,770350
Personal Care Aides$32,460350
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,890340
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$51,790340
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,240330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,660320
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,580290
Receptionists and Information Clerks$36,070290
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$58,960260
Bartenders$27,250260
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians$66,140230
Security Guards$44,550230
Carpenters$64,240220
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$48,690220
Billing and Posting Clerks$43,430210

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