District Fact Sheets:

Employment

California is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 76,960 people. Nationally, California is ranked 1st in plastics industry employment. It is also home to a number of plastics dependent industries that use plastics to make products or provide services. Plastics and dependent industries combined employ 4.4 million people in California.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 4,394,860 employees.

Payroll

The plastics industry’s direct payroll in California, including captive plastic products, is $3.8 billion. Plastics dependent industries add another $239.4 billion to the state’s payroll.

Although some of the dependent payroll would exist without plastics, there would be less of it, because cost effective replacements for plastics are not available in many applications.

Taxes

Together, plastics companies and the industries that depend on plastics contribute $71.6 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $31.7 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.

Shipments

Plastics industry shipments in California totaled more than $24.5 billion in 2016 and comprised 6.10% of national shipments ($404.4 billion). Nationally, California is ranked 3rd in plastics industry shipments.

State Shipments

National Shipments