Smiling nurse at deskAlaska is commonly referred to as America’s last frontier.  For all of its natural beauty, Alaska has been one of the hardest hit states during the nursing shortage. The shortage is most acutely felt in rural areas. Because of the shortage travel nurses are in very high demand and are typically offered above average compensation packages. Median salaries for registered nurses in the largest three cities are: Anchorage at $74, 272, Fairbanks at $74,569 and Juneau at $75,228.

Three of the top 25 private sector employers in Alaska are hospitals or medical centers. Providence Hospital is the top employer in the state with over 4,000 employees. Banner Health, which includes Fairbanks Hospital, is 13th with approximately 1,500 employees.  Alaska Regional Hospital has 750 to 1,000 employees.



Ten Largest Alaska Hospitals

  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Alaska Native Medical Center
  • Charter North Star Behavioral
  • Alaska Psychiatric Institute
  • Bassett Army Community Hospital
  • Bartlett Regional Hospital
  • US Air Force Regional Hospital
  • SEARHC Mt Edgecumbe Hospital

Top three Alaska cities

Alaska Facts and Figures

  • 2012 Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
  • Unemployment Rank: 20 of 50
  • 2011 Per Capita Income: $45,529.00
  • Per Capita Income Rank: 10 of 50
  • 2011 Cost of Living Index: 135.7
  • Cost of Living Rank: 49 of 50

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