American Samoa’s Economy
The economy of American Samoa is based on the distant-water tuna processing industry, support for the tuna boat fleets, and government transfers. Pago Pago Harbor is an excellent deep-water port and, after more than 50 years of industrial activity, the territory has developed high-level infrastructure (telecommunications, electricity, water, port, airport, roads, etc.) to support economic activity.
Most U.S. environmental and labor laws apply in the territory, but the minimum wage is considerably lower than the U.S. minimum wage. Income and wages are much lower in American Samoa than in the U.S. but are higher than income and wages in most South Pacific nations.