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.

According to the Alaska Miners Association (AMA), in 2020, Alaska’s mining industry provided:
  •  4,700 direct mining jobs in Alaska. 
  •  9,600 total direct and indirect jobs attributed to Alaska mining industry. 
  •  $890 million in total direct and indirect payroll. 
  •  Some of Alaska’s highest paying jobs with an estimated average annual wage of $115,320, over twice the state average ($56,985) for all sectors of the economy. 
  •  $49 million in local government revenue. 
  •  $117 million in state government revenue through mining licenses, rents, royalties, fees, and taxes, and other government-related payments. 
  •  $175 million in payments to Alaska Native corporations. 
  •  Mostly year-round jobs for residents of more than 90 communities throughout Alaska, half of which are found in rural Alaska where few other jobs are available. 

In collaboration with the AMA and other business and government partners, a mining workforce development plan for the state was developed and published in January 2015.