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Monday, May 20, 2024

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Trenton — May 2023

Workers in the Trenton, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $37.49 in May 2023, 19 percent above the nationwide average of $31.48, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were higher than their respective national averages in 17 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management, construction and extraction, and sales and related.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, Trenton area employment was more highly concentrated in 11 of the 22 occupational groups, including business and financial operations, management, and educational instruction and library. Eleven groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including food preparation and serving related, production, and sales and related. (See table A.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Trenton metropolitan area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2023
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage ($)
United States Trenton United States Trenton Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 31.48 37.49* 19


6.9 9.2* 66.23 84.72* 28

Business and financial operations

6.6 10.2* 43.55 45.58* 5

Computer and mathematical

3.4 4.9* 54.39 54.43 0

Architecture and engineering

1.7 1.6* 47.64 45.67* -4

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 2.3* 42.24 44.68* 6

Community and social service

1.6 2.6* 28.36 31.38* 11


0.8 1.4* 64.34 63.21 -2

Educational instruction and library

5.8 7.3* 31.92 35.70* 12

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.5* 36.31 39.76* 10

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.1 4.9* 49.07 49.92 2

Healthcare support

4.7 3.5* 18.37 19.21* 5

Protective service

2.3 3.0* 27.74 30.28* 9

Food preparation and serving related

8.7 5.6* 16.58 18.75* 13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

2.9 2.7* 18.43 20.10* 9

Personal care and service

2.0 1.8* 18.48 19.53* 6

Sales and related

8.8 6.8* 25.62 29.41* 15

Office and administrative support

12.2 12.8* 23.05 25.69* 11

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 19.22 20.15* 5

Construction and extraction

4.1 2.2* 29.57 37.07* 25

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 2.5* 28.13 30.82* 10


5.8 2.8* 22.90 23.61* 3

Transportation and material moving

9.1 10.5* 22.45 21.31* -5

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Trenton, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The mean hourly wage or percent share of employment is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group—business and financial operations—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Trenton had 24,350 jobs in business and financial operations, accounting for 10.2 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $45.58, significantly above the national wage of $43.55.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the business and financial operations group included accountants and auditors (2,870), management analysts (2,300), and compliance officers (1,570). Among the higher-paying jobs in this group were personal financial advisors and project management specialists, with mean hourly wages of $74.30 and $56.64, respectively. (See chart 1.) At the lower end of the wage scale were compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists ($37.29) and meeting, convention, and event planners ($37.78). (Detailed data for the business and financial operations occupations are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Trenton area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the business and financial operations group. For instance, compliance officers were employed at 2.6 times the national rate in Trenton, and personal financial advisors, at 2.1 times the U.S. average. Buyers and purchasing agents had a location quotient of 1.0 in Trenton, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

The statistics in this release are from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey, a cooperative effort between BLS and the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS funds the survey and provides the procedures and technical support. State Workforce Agencies collect most of the data: in this case, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey is a semiannual survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OEWS data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 580 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-digit, most 4-digit, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels; and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. Full OEWS data tables are available online.

Additional information about the OEWS estimates and methodology are available in the national Technical Notes. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 65.8 percent based on establishments and 64.3 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The sample in the Trenton, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,034 establishments with a response rate of 69 percent.

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Trenton, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Mercer County.


For more information

Answers to frequently asked questions about the OEWS data, as well as general program documentation, are available on the OEWS website.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Employment and wage data for business and financial operations occupations, Trenton metropolitan area, May 2023
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages ($)
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Business and financial operations occupations

24,350 1.5 45.58 94,810

Buyers and purchasing agents

780 1.0 43.87 91,250

Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

880 1.9 37.81 78,640

Compliance officers

1,570 2.6 40.57 84,390

Cost estimators

200 0.6 42.48 88,350

Human resources specialists

1,490 1.1 39.03 81,180

Labor relations specialists

290 2.9 50.55 105,150


280 0.8 44.97 93,540

Project management specialists

1,420 1.0 56.64 117,820

Management analysts

2,300 1.8 48.29 100,430

Meeting, convention, and event planners

140 0.8 37.78 78,590


140 0.9 39.17 81,460

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists

510 3.2 37.29 77,570

Training and development specialists

600 1.0 40.22 83,670

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

1,050 0.8 44.80 93,180

Business operations specialists, all other

5,380 3.1 42.79 89,000

Accountants and auditors

2,870 1.3 48.08 100,010

Budget analysts

200 2.7 42.10 87,570

Credit analysts

160 1.4 45.73 95,120

Financial and investment analysts

780 1.5 51.72 107,570

Personal financial advisors

870 2.1 74.30 154,540

Insurance underwriters

190 1.2 42.65 88,700

Financial risk specialists

110 1.2 50.82 105,710

Financial examiners

280 2.8 44.86 93,300

Loan officers

280 0.6 42.28 87,930

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

220 2.8 39.58 82,320

Financial specialists, all other

1,190 6.2 43.03 89,500

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Trenton, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area, see
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations may not sum to the totals due to rounding, and because the totals may include occupations that are not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a 'year-round, full-time' hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.


Last Modified Date: Monday, May 20, 2024