District Fact Sheets:


Texas is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 74,860 people. Nationally, Texas is ranked 3rd 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 3.5 million people in Texas.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 3,519,360 employees.


The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Texas, including captive plastic products, is $4.4 billion. Plastics dependent industries add another $155 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.


Together, plastics companies and the industries that depend on plastics contribute $33.1 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $19.8 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.


Plastics industry shipments in Texas totaled more than $68 billion in 2016 and comprised 16.80% of national shipments ($404.4 billion). Nationally, Texas is ranked 1st in plastics industry shipments.

State Shipments

National Shipments