Fact Sheets:


Washington is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 14,150 people. Nationally, Washington is ranked 22nd 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 876 thousand people in Washington.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 876,200 employees.


The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Washington, including captive plastic products, is $680 million. Plastics dependent industries add another $44.5 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 $10.59 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $6.34 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.


Plastics industry shipments in Washington totaled nearly $4.495820872 billion in 2016 and comprised 0.011117746 of national shipments ($404.4 billion). Nationally, Washington is ranked 23rd in plastics industry shipments.

State Shipments

National Shipments