Resident Hire Information
Historical Resident and Nonresident Worker Counts, 1988 to Most Current
- Alaska’s workforce increased by 0.8 percent to 422,516. The number of resident workers rose by 1,478, or 0.4 percent, to 334,628. Nonresident workers increased by 1,691, or 2.0 percent, to 87,888.
- Alaska residents made up 79.2 percent of all workers in Alaska in 2014 and earned 84.4 percent of wages.
- The percentage of nonresident workers in Alaska increased by two-tenths of a percentage point, from 20.6 percent in 2013, to 20.8 percent in 2014.
- Residents’ annual wages were higher on average than nonresidents’ wages. Resident workers in Alaska earn more each year on average than nonresidents, and 2014 was no exception. Average resident wages grew 3.5 percent to $41,559, while average nonresident wages increased 4.9 percent to $29,230.
- Growth in total nonresident wages outpaced that of residents. Resident wages increased 4.0 percent to $13.9 billion in 2014, while nonresident wages increased 7.0 percent to $2.6 billion.
- The percentage of wages earned by nonresidents increased by four-tenths of a percentage point in 2014. Nonresidents earned 15.6 percent of total wages, up from 15.2 percent in 2013.
- The seafood processing industry still employs the most nonresidents. Seafood processing had 17,792 nonresidents and 6,165 residents. In 2014, 20.2 percent worked in the seafood processing industry, down from 20.5 in 2013. Nonresident seafood processors earned 10.0 percent of all nonresident wages.
- The oil industry added more nonresidents than residents. The oil industry added 725 workers in 2014, growing by 4.1 percent. The number of residents in the oil industry increased by 210, or 1.8 percent, and nonresidents increased by 515, or 8.7 percent. Resident and nonresident wages in the oil industry increased by 9.6 and 13.5 percent, respectively.
- The percentage of nonresidents in the oil and gas industry increased in 2014. The oil industry had 6,464 nonresident and 11,992 resident workers. Nonresidents accounted for 35.0 percent of oil industry workers, up from 33.6 percent in 2013. The oil industry employed 7.4 percent of all nonresident workers but paid 25.6 percent of total nonresident wages.