Resident and Nonresident Workers
Resident and Nonresident Wages
Nonresident Workers by Industry
Nonresident Workers by place of work
Highlights: Residency of Alaska Workers, 2012

- Alaska residents made up 79.6 percent of all workers in Alaska in 2012 and earned 85.2 percent of wages.

- The percentage of nonresident workers in Alaska increased by three-tenths of a percentage point in 2012. The percentage in 2012 was 20.4, up from 20.1 percent in 2011.

- The percentage of wages earned by nonresidents increased by six-tenths of a percentage point in 2012. Total private-sector and state and local government wages totaled $15.3 billion in 2012. Nonresidents earned 14.8 percent of total wages, up from 14.2 percent in 2011.

- Alaska’s workforce increased by 1.0 percent to 418,779. The number of resident workers rose by 2,202, or 0.7 percent, to 333,283. Nonresident workers increased by 2,008, or 2.4 percent, to 85,496.

- Residents’ wages were higher on average than nonresidents’ wages. Resident workers in Alaska typically earn more each year on average than nonresidents, and 2012 was no exception. Average resident wages grew 3.2 percent to $39,179, while average nonresident wages increased 6.5 percent to $26,510.

- Growth in total nonresident wages outpaced that of residents. Resident wages increased 3.9 percent to $13.1 billion in 2012, while nonresident wages increased 9.1 percent to $2.3 billion.

- The seafood processing industry still employs the most nonresidents, but fewer than in 2011. Seafood processing had 16,881 nonresidents and 6,048 residents. Among all nonresident workers in 2012, 19.7 percent worked in the seafood processing industry, down from 21.4 in 2011. Nonresident seafood processors earned 10.4 percent of all nonresident wages.

- The oil industry had more workers, both resident and nonresident. The number of residents in the oil industry rose by 222, or 1.9 percent, and the number of nonresident workers increased by 230, or 4.3 percent. Wages for resident and nonresident workers in the oil industry increased by 6.0 and 9.1 percent, respectively.

- The percentage of nonresidents in the oil and gas industry increased in 2012. The oil industry had 5,528 nonresident and 11,973 resident workers. Nonresidents accounted for 31.6 percent of oil industry workers, including major oil companies and oilfield services, up from 31.1 percent in 2011. The oil industry employed 6.5 percent of all nonresident workers but paid 23.8 percent of total nonresident wages.

- The construction industry bounced back, and had more resident as well as nonresident workers. The number of nonresidents working in construction increased 14.3 percent, and the number of residents rose by 1.0 percent. Of the 26,966 workers in the construction industry, 20,891 were residents and 6,075 were not. After six years of overall job declines in construction, 2012 was the first year of recovery.

Source: Residency of Alaska Workers, 2012