District Fact Sheets:


Massachusetts is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 20,510 people. Nationally, Massachusetts is ranked 19th 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 1 million people in Massachusetts.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 1,045,990 employees.


The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Massachusetts, including captive plastic products, is $1.2 billion. Plastics dependent industries add another $59.5 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 $19.1 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $9.4 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.


Plastics industry shipments in Massachusetts totaled more than $6.7 billion in 2017 and comprised 1.5% of national shipments ($432.3 billion). Nationally,Massachusetts is ranked 22nd in plastics industry shipments.

State Shipments

National Shipments