2019 Pennsylvania Manufacturing Facts

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Pennsylvania account for 11.65% of the total output in the state, employing 9.47% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $87.65 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 569.15 thousand manufacturing employees in Pennsylvania in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $73,730.71 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$87.65
(Percent share of total gross state product)
11.65%
Manufacturing Firms in Pennsylvania (2016)
12,383

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
569.15
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
9.47%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$73,730.71
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$50,510.44

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau

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Pennsylvania Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Pennsylvania’s economy, with $35.84 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $17.43 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 19.00% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 89% percent of all exporters in Pennsylvania.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$35.84
(Percent share of total goods exports)
87.30%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
14.04%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
161,649
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
19.00%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
89%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$17.43
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
48.63%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$14.33
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
55.97%
Canada
28.43%
Mexico
11.56%
China
6.06%
United Kingdom
5.75%
Japan
4.17%

Sources: International Trade Administration, U.S. Census Bureau

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Additional Trade Facts

  • The 20 U.S. FTA partners purchased nearly 49 percent ($679.46 billion) of U.S. manufactured goods exports in 2018 – even though these countries represent only six percent of the world’s population and 10 percent of GDP.
  • FTA countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea.