Paints and coatings provide real value and are necessary for protecting and preserving the objects to which they are applied. Coatings are applied to almost everything we own and use, prolonging usefulness and providing protection from scratches, rust, and corrosion.
The following facts highlight the significant contributions industry makes to the U.S. economy and the people employed in the industry.
- The U.S. paint and coatings industry employed 256,800 workers in 2012.
- Product shipments by U.S. paint and coatings producers totaled an estimated $23.5 billion in 2013, up by 2.4%, or $545 million, from 2012.
- The U.S. paint and coatings industry had nearly 44,700 establishments in 2012.
- The payroll for the U.S. paint and coatings industry totaled $11.2 billion in 2012.
- The U.S. paint and coatings industry workforce* earned an average annual wage of $43,800 in 2012, posting a 1.3% increase over 2011, adjusted for inflation. The highest average annual wage was paid by the paint and coating manufacturing sector at $66,400 in 2012.
- California ranked first in the nation by paint and coatings industry employment with 32,200 workers in 2012; Texas ranked second with 23,200 paint and coatings industry jobs in 2012. Florida followed Texas with over 17,500 paint and coatings industry jobs in 2012; New York and Ohio rounded out the top five leading states by paint and coatings industry employment, with 13,100 and 12,400 jobs in 2012, respectively.
- The highest paid paint and coatings industry wages were those in Ohio, where the annual average wage for the state’s paint and coatings industry workforce was $60,900 in 2012; New Jersey's 6,393 paint and coatings industry workers received the second highest annual average wages at $55,900 in 2012.
- Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois each had strong paint and coatings industry average annual wages of at least $53,00 in 2012.
- California was also the leading state by paint and coatings industry payroll, at $1.3 billion in 2012.
- Texas, Ohio, Illinois, and New York completed the list of top five states in paint and coatings industry payroll in 2012.
Top 10 States with the Highest Number of Paint and Coatings Industry Employees
Top 30 States with the Highest Number of Paint and Coatings Establishments
- The United States exported $2.2 billion in paint and coatings products in 2013, a 3% rise from 2012.
- The U.S. paint and coatings industry posted a positive trade surplus of $1.5 billion in 2013, a jump of 2% from 2012.
- U.S. paint and coatings industry exports totaled $1 billion to Canada and $450 million to Mexico in 2013. These two NAFTA partners have consistently been the two largest export markets for the industry, accounting for two-thirds all U.S. paint and coatings industry exports in 2013.
- The third largest export market for U.S. paint and coatings products was China at $90 million in 2013.
- The United Kingdom and Japan rounded out the top five leading export markets of U.S. paint and coatings products in 2013, at $51 million and $37 million, respectively.
- Ohio led the states with the most paint and coatings exports, with $281 million in 2013; Illinois came in second with $258 million in paint and coatings exports in 2013.
Source: Labor market statistics are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. Trade statistics were derived from U.S. Bureau of the Census data and are reported on a Census or Customs basis. State export statistics are drawn from the Origin of Movement (OM) series compiled by the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.
*Note: The term "workforce" applies to the following NAICS codes: 238320 Painting and Wall Covering Contractors; 325510 Paint and Coating Manufacturing; 424950 Paint, Varnish, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers; and 444120 Paint and Wallpaper Stores.