District Fact Sheets:


Missouri is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 18,696 people. Nationally, Missouri is ranked 21st 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 870 thousand people in Missouri.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 865,021 employees.


The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Missouri, including captive plastic products, is $987 million. Plastics dependent industries add another $37.9 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 $11.8 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $5.7 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.


Plastics industry shipments in Missouri totaled nearly $8.8 billion in 2018 and comprised 1.9% of national shipments ($451.3 billion). Nationally, Missouri is ranked 18th in plastics industry shipments.

State Shipments

National Shipments