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Payment of Wages: Alaska

Payment of Wages requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Thomas M. Daniel, Perkins Coie, LLP


  • Employers in Alaska may pay employees in cash, or by check or direct deposit if certain conditions are met. See Wage Payment Methods.
  • In Alaska, all employees must be paid on a monthly basis (semimonthly if the employee requests). Penalties are imposed for violations. See Pay Frequency.
  • Alaska law specifies the types of deductions that may and may not be made from employees' pay. Penalties may be imposed for noncompliance. See Permitted and Prohibited Wage Deductions.
  • All employees must be provided with an itemized statement of pay deductions for each pay period in which deductions are made. Electronic pay statements are also permitted. Penalties apply for failure to provide pay statements to employees. See Pay Statement Requirements.
  • Terminated employees must be paid within a certain amount of time after the termination date. Employers may face penalties for violating these requirements. See Termination Pay.
  • Unclaimed wages are considered abandoned property after one year. Employers must file an annual report of unclaimed wages and provide notification to affected employees that wages will be reported to the state. Penalties are imposed for noncompliance. See Unclaimed Wages.