2020 Utah Manufacturing Facts

Utah Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Utah account for 10.82% of the total output in the state, employing 8.83% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $19.19 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 138,000 manufacturing employees in Utah in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $71,076.55 in 2018.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2018)
$19.19
(Percent share of total gross state product)
10.82%
Manufacturing Firms in Utah (2017)
3,206

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2019)
138,000
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
8.83%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2018)
$71,076.55
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2018)
$44,471.67

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

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Utah Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Utah’s economy, with $16.45 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. That same year, $3.03 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 19.90% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 86.00% percent of all exporters in Utah.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2019)
$16.45
(Percent share of total goods exports)
94.83%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2019)
25.37%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
49,640
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
19.90%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
86.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2019)
$3.03
(Percent of total exports, 2019)
18.41%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (USMCA, 2019)
$1.96
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2019)
11.92%
United Kingdom
53.22%
Canada
7.89%
Mexico
4.04%
Taiwan
3.82%
Japan
3.51%

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.