What kind of jobs are there in Anchorage, AK?

Anchorage is Alaska's commercial and industrial hub. For years, some of the biggest employers were in the oil industry, but as oil prices have dropped, jobs in that field have been hit hard. This has resulted in an unemployment rate that's higher than the national rate. Even with losses in the oil sector, Alaska's longtime leading hirers – health care, leisure and hospitality, air transportation and government – are all projected to continue growing.

The area economy is also impacted by the military. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, more commonly known as JBER (pronounced "J-Bear"), is a combination of the Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Army's Fort Richardson.

Anchorage residents earn noticeably more than the average American, which helps offset the metro area's high cost of living.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 6.2 /10

How we calculate this.

Anchorage has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2018

of people are without a job

2.2 % higher than national average.

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Anchorage

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.69k - $27.67k

Finance and Insurance

Total Employment
Customer Service Representative
Salary: $25.98k - $42.04k

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Total Employment
Maintenance and Repair Worker
Salary: $28.93k - $49.41k