DEVELOPING ALASKA'S MINING WORKFORCE
Alaska offers vast mining opportunities across the state and it plays an important role in sustaining Alaska’s economy. Mining in Alaska includes exploration, development and production of gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, coal and even construction materials. With all of these possibilities, mining provides thousands of jobs to Alaskans.
- 4,600 direct mining jobs in Alaska.
- 9,100 total direct and indirect jobs attributed to Alaska mining industry.
- $630 million in total direct and indirect payroll.
- $150 million in state government revenue through rents, royalties, fees, and taxes.
- $144 million in payments to Alaska Native corporations.
- Mostly year-round jobs for residents of more than 120 communities throughout Alaska, half of which are found in rural Alaska where few other jobs are available.
- Some of Alaska’s highest paying jobs with an estimated average annual wage of $100,000, over twice the state average for all sectors of the economy.
- $17 million in local government revenue through property taxes and payments in lieu of taxes.