2020 Washington Manufacturing Facts

Washington Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Washington account for 11.21% of the total output in the state, employing 8.52% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $63.13 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 298,000 manufacturing employees in Washington in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $93,095.67 in 2018.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2018)
$63.13
(Percent share of total gross state product)
11.21%
Manufacturing Firms in Washington (2017)
6,589

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2019)
298,000
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
8.52%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2018)
$93,095.67
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2018)
$60,504.31

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

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Washington Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Washington’s economy, with $46.53 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. That same year, $16.21 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 38.80% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 90.00% percent of all exporters in Washington.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2019)
$46.53
(Percent share of total goods exports)
77.39%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2019)
13.69%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
301,528
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
38.80%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
90.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2019)
$16.21
(Percent of total exports, 2019)
34.83%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (USMCA, 2019)
$9.80
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2019)
21.06%
Canada
16.16%
Japan
10.80%
China
10.06%
Mexico
4.90%
Qatar
4.72%

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.