New Jersey Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 4,050,180
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -354,270 (-8.0%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $58,181
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $6,332 (12.2%)

Occupation Categories

There are 4,050,180 employed workers in New Jersey. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 644,040 people. This represents 15.9% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which employ 408,780 and 379,840 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations644,04015.9%
Sales and Related Occupations408,78010.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations379,8409.4%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations307,5407.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations292,7007.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations238,7505.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations236,3305.8%
Management Occupations208,9805.2%
Production Occupations171,3604.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations158,3003.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations144,2403.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations137,0903.4%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations126,1303.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations121,8103.0%
Construction and Extraction Occupations121,2503.0%
Protective Service Occupations109,9802.7%
Community and Social Service Occupations69,5501.7%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations51,0201.3%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations47,9001.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations37,1600.9%
Legal Occupations33,7500.8%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations3,6800.1%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which currently employs 379,840 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 354,270 an increase of 25,570 or 7.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Management Occupations and Business and Financial Operations Occupations, which increased 5,130 and 4,930 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 644,040 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 652,000 or 1.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Education Training and Library Occupations and Production Occupations, which decreased 7,250 and 4,850 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which currently employs 379,840 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 285,240 an increase of 94,600 or 33.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 39,760 and 39,490 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 644,040 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 708,740 or 9.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Production Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which decreased 17,240 and 5,690 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations3,68072.8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations379,84033.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations158,30029.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations236,33020.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations238,75017.9%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations47,90016.7%
Community and Social Service Occupations69,55015.8%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations307,54014.8%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations144,2406.4%
Legal Occupations33,7506.4%
Protective Service Occupations109,9806.0%
Management Occupations208,9803.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations292,7002.5%
Personal Care and Service Occupations121,8101.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations137,0901.4%
Construction and Extraction Occupations121,2500.4%
Sales and Related Occupations408,780-1.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations126,130-3.6%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations644,040-9.1%
Production Occupations171,360-9.1%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations37,160-9.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations51,020-10.0%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand, which employs 141,660 people. This represents 3.5% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Retail Salespersons and Cashiers, which employ 131,210 and 99,360 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in New Jersey are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand141,6603.5%
Retail Salespersons131,2103.2%
Cashiers99,3602.5%
Registered Nurses79,5302.0%
Customer Service Representatives68,2601.7%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers68,0401.7%
Office Clerks General67,4801.7%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners67,3801.7%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive62,7901.6%
Waiters and Waitresses58,8201.5%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand, which currently employs 141,660 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 74,690 an increase of 66,970 or 89.7%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop and Social and Human Service Assistants, which increased 21,610 and 17,520 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which currently employs 45,320 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 59,490 or 23.8%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education and Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive, which decreased 9,870 and 9,690 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Radio Cellular and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers490716.7%
Dancers340385.7%
Protective Service Workers All Other5,970366.4%
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers230360.0%
Atmospheric and Space Scientists220266.7%
Umpires Referees and Other Sports Officials290262.5%
Social Work Teachers Postsecondary560250.0%
Broadcast News Analysts340240.0%
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators200233.3%
Skincare Specialists2,280230.4%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Statistical Assistants30-93.5%
Telephone Operators80-90.9%
Rehabilitation Counselors920-84.4%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians60-84.2%
Conveyor Operators and Tenders230-80.7%
Insulation Workers Mechanical60-80.6%
Funeral Service Managers240-77.8%
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants Except Emergency Medical Technicians320-76.1%
Postsecondary Teachers All Other2,670-75.9%
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers320-74.6%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $151,040 per year. This represents 159.6% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which pay $111,510 and $101,390 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$151,040259.6%
Legal Occupations$111,510191.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$101,390174.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$99,170170.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$94,750162.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$93,760161.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$85,890147.6%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$62,240107.0%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$61,130105.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations$60,360103.7%
Protective Service Occupations$57,57098.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$54,86094.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations$54,12093.0%
Sales and Related Occupations$46,39079.7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,70071.7%
Production Occupations$40,13069.0%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,07065.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$32,54055.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,22055.4%
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,94054.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$30,66052.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,30046.9%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $151,040 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $124,800 an increase of $26,240 or 21.0%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Life Physical and Social Science Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased $22,750 and $17,000 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$99,17029.8%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$30,66023.7%
Management Occupations$151,04021.0%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$94,75020.8%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$101,39020.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$85,89018.1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,30017.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,70016.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,22016.8%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$54,86016.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$93,76016.4%
Production Occupations$40,13015.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$62,24015.7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,07014.7%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$61,13013.1%
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,94012.5%
Education Training and Library Occupations$60,36012.4%
Protective Service Occupations$57,57010.2%
Legal Occupations$111,5109.5%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$32,5409.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations$54,1208.8%
Sales and Related Occupations$46,3908.2%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Surgeons, which pays $285,850 per year. This represents 491.3% above the state average of $58,181. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Orthodontists and Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pay $274,400 and $267,990 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in New Jersey are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Surgeons$285,850491.3%
Orthodontists$274,400471.6%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$267,990460.6%
Internists General$249,200428.3%
Psychiatrists$245,990422.8%
Chief Executives$233,050400.6%
Family and General Practitioners$224,640386.1%
Dentists All Other Specialists$212,150364.6%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$208,820358.9%
Petroleum Engineers$194,340334.0%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in New Jersey are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$21,80037.5%
Shampooers$22,37038.4%
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants$22,38038.5%
Dishwashers$22,63038.9%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$23,15039.8%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$23,35040.1%
Cashiers$23,39040.2%
Cooks Fast Food$23,41040.2%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$23,48040.4%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops$23,59040.5%



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