Alaska Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 315,270
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -23,550 (-7.0%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $58,703
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,436 (8.2%)

Occupation Categories

There are 315,270 employed workers in Alaska. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 51,950 people. This represents 16.5% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which employ 27,030 and 25,910 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations51,95016.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations27,0308.6%
Sales and Related Occupations25,9108.2%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations22,5707.2%
Education Training and Library Occupations21,8106.9%
Management Occupations19,7806.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations17,7505.6%
Construction and Extraction Occupations17,6205.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations17,4605.5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations12,8004.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations12,6104.0%
Production Occupations10,1203.2%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations9,5803.0%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations7,9302.5%
Protective Service Occupations7,9002.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations7,9002.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations7,1602.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations5,9801.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations5,2801.7%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations3,4301.1%
Legal Occupations2,1700.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations5300.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Management Occupations, which currently employs 19,780 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 18,420 an increase of 1,360 or 7.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 910 and 610 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Construction and Extraction Occupations, which currently employs 17,620 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 18,880 or 6.7%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which decreased 1,050 and 1,010 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which currently employs 17,750 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 14,110 an increase of 3,640 or 25.8%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which increased 3,410 and 3,220 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Construction and Extraction Occupations, which currently employs 17,620 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 22,310 or 21.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Management Occupations and Production Occupations, which decreased 1,690 and 1,450 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations3,43037.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations12,61037.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations17,75025.8%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations5,28014.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations27,03013.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations7,16011.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations12,80011.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations17,46010.4%
Legal Occupations2,1706.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations7,9006.3%
Education Training and Library Occupations21,8101.9%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations22,5700.9%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations51,9500.5%
Sales and Related Occupations25,910-0.2%
Protective Service Occupations7,900-5.6%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations9,580-5.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations5,980-7.3%
Management Occupations19,780-7.9%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations7,930-8.1%
Production Occupations10,120-12.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations17,620-21.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations5300.0%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 10,480 people. This represents 3.3% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Office Clerks General and General and Operations Managers, which employ 7,350 and 6,790 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Alaska are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons10,4803.3%
Office Clerks General7,3502.3%
General and Operations Managers6,7902.2%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive6,7302.1%
Cashiers6,6702.1%
Registered Nurses5,7301.8%
Personal Care Aides5,3901.7%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5,1601.6%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4,8901.6%
Food Preparation Workers4,6401.5%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive, which currently employs 6,730 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 2,820 an increase of 3,910 or 138.7%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care Aides and Food Preparation Workers, which increased 3,800 and 2,100 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 1,380 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 4,230 or 67.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Roustabouts Oil and Gas and General and Operations Managers, which decreased 1,820 and 1,770 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Medical Equipment Preparers230360.0%
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks220340.0%
Helpers Construction Trades All Other120300.0%
Eligibility Interviewers Government Programs500257.1%
Personal Care Aides5,390239.0%
Transportation Workers All Other980226.7%
Tree Trimmers and Pruners280211.1%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians90200.0%
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers All Other290190.0%
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators170183.3%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Roustabouts Oil and Gas290-86.3%
Switchboard Operators Including Answering Service60-78.6%
Industrial Engineering Technicians40-73.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other50-72.2%
Computer Operators90-71.9%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops90-71.0%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers All Other90-67.9%
Legislators120-67.6%
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1,380-67.4%
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers All Other60-64.7%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $109,310 per year. This represents 86.2% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which pay $106,000 and $100,400 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$109,310186.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$106,000180.6%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$100,400171.0%
Legal Occupations$94,130160.4%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,280136.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,040131.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$74,720127.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$65,750112.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations$61,960105.5%
Protective Service Occupations$61,630105.0%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$61,300104.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$59,320101.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$55,30094.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,61091.3%
Production Occupations$46,79079.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$46,08078.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations$45,19077.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$44,69076.1%
Sales and Related Occupations$37,49063.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$35,28060.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$33,15056.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,78049.0%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $109,310 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $82,850 an increase of $26,460 or 31.9%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Legal Occupations, which increased $23,300 and $15,950 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$46,08035.7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$59,32034.6%
Protective Service Occupations$61,63032.9%
Management Occupations$109,31031.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$100,40030.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations$45,19026.7%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$55,30026.4%
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,61023.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,28020.5%
Legal Occupations$94,13020.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,04020.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$33,15019.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$44,69019.7%
Sales and Related Occupations$37,49019.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,78019.4%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$74,72018.4%
Production Occupations$46,79017.2%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$35,28017.0%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$106,00015.8%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$61,30014.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$65,75011.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations$61,9609.7%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pays $281,170 per year. This represents 479.0% above the state average of $58,703. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Pediatricians General and Dentists General, which pay $268,010 and $259,350 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Alaska are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$281,170479.0%
Pediatricians General$268,010456.6%
Dentists General$259,350441.8%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$244,220416.0%
Family and General Practitioners$227,730387.9%
Internists General$226,770386.3%
Psychiatrists$222,310378.7%
Nurse Anesthetists$187,690319.7%
Chief Executives$179,630306.0%
Optometrists$165,640282.2%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Alaska are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$23,60040.2%
Manicurists and Pedicurists$24,67042.0%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$24,75042.2%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$24,78042.2%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$24,94042.5%
Meat Poultry and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$25,47043.4%
Waiters and Waitresses$25,61043.6%
Dishwashers$25,86044.1%
Farmworkers and Laborers Crop Nursery and Greenhouse$26,03044.3%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants$26,07044.4%



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