2020 Maine Manufacturing Facts

Maine Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Maine account for 9.80% of the total output in the state, employing 8.41% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $6.31 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 53,000 manufacturing employees in Maine in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $66,694.24 in 2018.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2018)
$6.31
(Percent share of total gross state product)
9.80%
Manufacturing Firms in Maine (2017)
1,620

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2019)
53,000
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
8.41%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2018)
$66,694.24
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2018)
$41,225.81

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

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Maine Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Maine’s economy, with $1.71 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. That same year, $0.86 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 17.10% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 83.00% percent of all exporters in Maine.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2019)
$1.71
(Percent share of total goods exports)
62.97%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2019)
-34.58%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
9,396
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
17.10%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
83.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2019)
$0.86
(Percent of total exports, 2019)
50.36%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (USMCA, 2019)
$0.71
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2019)
41.32%
Canada
38.47%
Malaysia
6.41%
China
5.90%
Italy
4.44%
Netherlands
3.85%

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

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Additional Trade Facts

  • The 20 U.S. FTA partners purchased 48.3% ($659.49 billion) of U.S. manufactured goods exports in 2019 – 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.