2020 Pennsylvania Manufacturing Facts

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Pennsylvania account for 11.89% of the total output in the state, employing 9.33% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $93.75 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 565,000 manufacturing employees in Pennsylvania in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $75,947.97 in 2018.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2018)
$93.75
(Percent share of total gross state product)
11.89%
Manufacturing Firms in Pennsylvania (2017)
12,262

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2019)
565,000
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
9.33%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2018)
$75,947.97
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2018)
$51,892.27

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 $36.84 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. That same year, $17.80 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, 2019)
$36.84
(Percent share of total goods exports)
86.61%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2019)
17.23%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
161,649
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
19.00%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
89%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2019)
$17.80
(Percent of total exports, 2019)
48.33%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (USMCA, 2019)
$14.65
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2019)
39.76%
Canada
28.47%
Mexico
11.28%
China
6.31%
United Kingdom
6.19%
Belgium
4.78%

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.