Pennsylvania Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Pennsylvania account for 11.42% of the total output in the state, employing 9.63% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $92.37 billion in 2019. In addition, there were an average of 540 manufacturing employees in Pennsylvania in 2020, with an average annual compensation of $77,627.79 in 2019.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2019)
$92.37
(Percent share of total gross state product)
11.42%
Manufacturing Firms in Pennsylvania (2017)
12,262

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2020)
540
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
9.63%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2019)
$77,627.79
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2019)
$53,545.90

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 $33.12 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2020. That same year, $15.89 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, 2020)
$33.12
(Percent share of total goods exports)
88.42%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
161,649
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
19.00%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
89%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2020)
$15.89
(Percent of total exports, 2020)
47.99%
Canada
27.72%
Mexico
11.20%
China
7.76%
United Kingdom
6.28%
Germany
4.40%

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.