Resident and Nonresident Workers
Resident and Nonresident Wages
Nonresident Workers by Industry
Nonresident Workers by place of work
Highlights: Nonresidents Working in Alaska, 2013

- The percentage of nonresident workers in Alaska increased by two-tenths of a percentage point in 2013. The percentage in 2013 was 20.6, up from 20.4 percent in 2012. The total number of nonresident workers in 2013 was 86,291.

- The percentage of wages earned by nonresidents increased by four-tenths of a percentage point in 2013. Private-sector and state and local government wages totaled $15.8 billion in 2013. Nonresidents earned 15.2 percent of total wages, up from 14.8 percent in 2012.

- Alaska’s workforce increased by 0.2 percent to 419,465. The number of resident workers fell by 109, or 0.03 percent, to 333,174. Nonresident workers increased by 795, or 0.9 percent, to 86,291.

- Residents’ annual wages were higher on average than nonresidents’ wages. Total resident workers in Alaska typically earn more each year on average than nonresidents, and 2013 was no exception. Average resident wages grew 2.4 percent to $40,105, while average nonresident wages increased 4.7 percent to $27,760.

- Growth in total nonresident wages outpaced that of residents. Resident wages increased 2.3 percent to $13.4 billion in 2013, while nonresident wages increased 5.7 percent to $2.4 billion. For context, total wages paid to all oil and gas workers in 2013 equaled $1.8 billion and total construction wages equaled $1.2 billion.

- The seafood processing industry still employs the most nonresidents. Seafood processing had 17,631 nonresidents and 6,146 residents. Among all nonresident workers in 2013, 20.4 percent worked in the seafood processing industry, up from 19.7 in 2012. Nonresident seafood processors earned 10.7 percent of all nonresident wages.

- The oil industry lost resident workers and added nonresidents. The oil industry added 441 workers in 2013, growing by 2.5 percent. The number of residents in the oil industry fell by 60, or half a percent, and the number of nonresident workers increased by 501, or 9.1 percent. Wages for resident and nonresident workers in the oil industry increased by 2.3 and 8.0 percent, respectively.

- The percentage of nonresidents in the oil and gas industry increased in 2013. The oil industry had 6,029 nonresident and 11,913 resident workers. Nonresidents accounted for 33.6 percent of oil industry workers, up from 31.6 percent in 2012. The oil industry employed 7.0 percent of all nonresident workers but paid 24.3 percent of total nonresident wages.

Source: Nonresidents Working in Alaska, 2013