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 254,931 workers in 2011.
- Product shipments by U.S. paint and coatings producers totaled $21.5 billion in 2011, up by 6%, or $1.2 billion, from 2010.
- The U.S. paint and coatings industry had nearly 46,000 establishments in 2011.
- The payroll for the U.S. paint and coatings industry totaled $10.8 billion in 2011.
- The U.S. paint and coatings industry workforce* earned an average annual wage of $42,300 in 2011, posting a slight decrease over 2010, adjusted for inflation. The highest average annual wage was paid by the paint and coating manufacturing sector at $62,600 in 2011.
- California ranked first in the nation by paint and coatings industry employment with 31,700 workers in 2011; Texas ranked second with 23,100 paint and coatings industry jobs in 2011. Florida followed Texas with almost 17,000 paint and coatings industry jobs in 2011; New York and Illinois rounded out the top five leading states by paint and coatings industry employment, with 12,800 and 12,300 jobs in 2011, respectively.
- The highest paid paint and coatings industry wages were those in New Jersey, where the annual average wage for the state’s paint and coatings industry workforce (comprising 6,700 jobs) was almost $55,200 in 2011; Michigan’s 8,200 paint and coatings industry workers received the second highest annual average wages at $53,200 in 2011, an increase of 3% between 2001 and 2011, adjusted for inflation.
- Ohio ranked third nationwide by paint and coatings industry average annual wages in 2011, at $52,750 for its workforce of almost 12,000 workers.
- California was also the leading state by paint and coatings industry payroll, at $1.3 billion in 2011, representing 12% of the paint and coatings industry payroll nationwide.
- Texas, Ohio, Illinois, and New York completed the list of top five states in paint and coatings industry payroll in 2011.
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 $2.1 billion in paint and coatings products in 2012, an 8% rise from 2011.
- The U.S. paint and coatings industry posted a large trade surplus of $1.4 billion in 2012, a jump of 9% from 2011.
- U.S. paint and coatings industry exports totaled $1 billion to Canada and $411 million to Mexico in 2012. 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 2012, totaling $1.4 billion.
- The third largest export market for U.S. paint and coatings products was China at $86 million in 2012.
- The United Kingdom and Japan rounded out the top five leading export markets of U.S. paint and coatings products in 2012, at $37 million and $36 million, respectively.
- Ohio led the states with the most paint and coatings exports, with $307 million in 2012, up by 8% from 2011; Illinois came in second with $251 million in paint and coatings exports in 2012.
Source: 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.