By the Numbers: Working in Mercer County

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a detailed breakdown of the labor market in what it calls the “Trenton metropolitan statistical area,” which is identical to Mercer County. The agency gathered wage information from employers in the area on 231,000 jobs organized into 22 categories. A chart, available at, provides a snapshot of the Mercer County economy as it existed in 2018 when the report was made.

Some highlights:

The high end. The best-paid jobs in the county are in the medical field. Obstetrician-gynecologists were the highest-paid profession, with annual wages averaging $285,000. Psychiatrists, internists, and pediatricians were right behind them, with marketing managers being the only non-medical job in the top five, with reported salaries averaging $196,000 .

Most of the jobs reporting income of more than $150,000 were managers in different fields.

The low end. The worst paid jobs, predictably, were entry-level positions in the service industry. Cafeteria counter attendants, food concession, and coffee shop workers reported making $21,500 a year, with a median hourly wage of just $9.22. For these workers, an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour would represent more than a 50 percent raise.

Lifeguards, ski patrol workers, cashiers, food preparation workers, and restaurant staff also are scraping by on less than $11 an hour.

On average. As a category, management occupations earned the highest income, at $149,680. The average wage among all jobs across all categories was $63,700, significantly higher than the state average of $58,210 and the national average of $51,960.

The single most common job categorized by the report was laborers who moved freight, stock, and material by hand. There were 6,500 such workers in the county, while the most common category of job was office and administrative support occupations, with more than 36,000 workers.


Trenton-Mercer Airport, 1100 Terminal Circle Drive, Suite 301, West Trenton 08628. 609-882-1600.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $6.2 million in federal funding grants for safety and infrastructure upgrades at several New Jersey airports. The grants will be used for a wide range of projects including runway safety improvements, improving erosion control, and taxiway improvement. Trenton Mercer Airport in Ewing, the biggest recipient, got $3.8 million to reconstruct its taxiway and lighting.

“These grants give us the opportunity to vastly improve and update our airports with the latest innovative technologies,” Senator Robert Menendez said.

Jessica Hollobaugh Giresi

Management Moves

WithumSmith+Brown, 506 Carnegie Center, Fourth Floor, Princeton 08540. 609-520-1188.

The accounting firm has promoted a member of its Princeton office to partner. Jessica Hollobaugh Giresi was one of six people from the firm’s offices on the East Coast who made partner.

“Each of these professionals represents Withum’s next generation of leaders tasked with carrying on the tenets of our enduring company values and Withum Way traditions,” said Bill Hagaman, managing partner and CEO. “Collectively and individually, they represent cooperation, integrity, giving back, and a vision for growth that welcomes innovation and change.”

Giresi focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation consulting. Her areas of specialization include forensic accounting, economic damage calculations, professional liability matters, bankruptcy litigation, business valuations, shareholder disputes, and matrimonial litigation on behalf of attorneys, corporations, and individuals.

Leaving Town

Compass Lexecon, 105 College Road East, Princeton 08540.

The consulting company, which advises clients on economic issues, has closed its Princeton office. Its staff was relocated to New York.

Minimum Wage Increases to $10

New Jersey’s minimum wage has increased to $10 from $8.85 in the first of a series of increases that will take it up to $15 by 2024. Governor Phil Murphy campaigned on the wage increase and signed it into law earlier this year. Farm workers, seasonal workers, tipped workers, and small business with five or fewer employees are exempt. Violators can be fined or imprisoned.


William Groth, 88, on June 27. He retired from American Cyanamid as an analytical chemist and group leader. His name appears on several patents.

Joseph M. Prieth, 40, on June 29. He was employed with Princeton Van and Moving for more than 15 years. Services will be held Friday, July 5, at 1 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way in Hamilton Square.

Walter G. Gower Sr., 87, on June 28. He owned and operated Hillsdale Farm in Allentown.

Marc David McKenna, 47, on June 26. He was a freelance copy editor and writer. Services will be held Friday, July 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church at 626 South Olden Avenue, Hamilton.

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