Benchmarking Hub

Plastics Industry Information Hub

Research, Data & Tools for Plastics Industry Leaders


MAPP is the information and benchmarking hub for plastics processors. Each year, MAPP releases 10-12 benchmarking reports and best practice handbooks to its membership. The data from these initiatives provide details to plastics industry leaders on dozens of topics that impact operations.

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Benchmarking Participation Benefits

  • MAPP members who complete the surveys receive the results earlier and at no cost
  • Non-MAPP members who complete the surveys receive the results at a discounted rate
  • Some reports offer the opportunity for individual participation comparisons, so leaders can compare their business to the rest of the industry
  • All final survey results are published and available for purchase

Current and Upcoming Benchmarking Studies


2024 Wage and Salary Report

For over 21 years, MAPP’s Wage and Salary Report has become one of the most widely recognized industry benchmarks on compensation in the United States plastics industry. The 2024 report will provide information on over 60 different job titles in the plastics industry and include benchmarks on starting and average wages, wage ranges for each job category, average tenure, salary trends, and statistical analysis of specific job titles.

MAPP members that complete this survey will receive the report digitally and as a paper copy free of charge. Non-member participants in the survey will be able to purchase the report at a 50% discount through the MAPP website. Members that do not participate will also receive a 50% discount.

This study is open May 1, 2024 through June 3, 2024.

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Quarterly Pulse Report (Q1 | 2024)

This report evaluates the US plastics industry's past, current, and anticipated future performance. The data from this survey gives executives detailed insights into how the industry is performing, allowing them to benchmark their organizations against the rest of the plastics industry.

This report provides insight into the following:

  • Overview of the current state of the US plastics processing industry
  • Sales and financial performance metrics
  • Key performance indicators in production and operations
  • Current workforce management trends (such as salary and staffing levels)
  • The next six-month perception of future business performance and the state of the plastics industry

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This study closed April 12, 2024.

2024 Health and Benefits Report

The purpose of the Health and Benefits Report is to capture and provide insight into the health and benefits strategies of manufacturers across the United States to help businesses make better, more informed decisions. The statistics in this report represent manufacturers in the mold building, rubber products manufacturing, and plastics processing industries. The final report content includes health insurance options used, contribution levels, eligibility for health benefits, medical expenditure, cost containment strategies, prescription drug coverage, Rx cost containment strategies, ancillary benefits offered, annual benefit renewal process, and retirement programs offered.

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This study closed March 22, 2024.

2024 State of the Plastics Industry Report

Good business leaders always stay in tune with the state of their industry. By understanding current conditions, executives can make better tactical decisions and validate the status of their operations.

MAPP's State of the Plastics Industry Report was created by plastics business leaders who understand the importance of staying up-to-date on the changing conditions of the marketplace and is the only survey of its kind in the United States plastics industry.

Click here to purchase the 2024 State of the Plastics Industry Report.

This study closed January 12, 2024.

2023 Machine Rate Report

The 2023 Machine Rate Report aims to provide executives in the plastics processing industry with benchmarking data for machine rates, markups for added services and capabilities, and numerous other benchmarks for injection molders. The original machine rate survey was introduced to the plastics processing industry in 2014 and is extensively evaluated and updated before each new launch with the guidance of a committee comprised of senior-level leaders in the plastics industry.

This is one of the most unique and valuable benchmarking reports offered by MAPP, and we look forward to your participation in this effort!

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This study closed December 1, 2023.

2023 MAPP Plastics Benchmarking Report Powered by Harbour Results, Inc.

The MAPP Plastics Benchmarking Study powered by Harbour Results provides key trends and data critical to setting future business strategies for North American plastic processors. In its third year, this annual study was developed by the benchmarking and plastic industry experts at Harbour Results in collaboration with MAPP members. The 100-page report covers a variety of business performance and industry metrics such as:

  • Industry Pulse
  • Finance
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Operations

Learn more and purchase the report here.

This study closed July 31, 2023.

2023 Sales Management Report

This report analyzes data on industry norms and benchmarks that are associated with how manufacturing companies manage their sales, marketing, and sales management processes. This report covers sales and marketing topics such as:

  • Sales and Marketing Budgets
  • Organizational Structure
  • Commission Structures
  • Negotiation and Quoting
  • KPI's and Performance Reviews
  • Customer and Prospect Management

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This study closed May 1, 2023.

MAPP Automation Report 2023

This report was created by plastics business leaders who understand the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest innovations in industrial automation and is the only survey of its kind in the United States plastics industry.

Please click here to purchase this report or learn more about its contents.

This study closed January 20, 2023.

2022 Production & Quality Report

The purpose of this benchmarking report is to provide insights that allow the reader to compare their production and quality performance to that of manufacturers in the plastics and rubber industries. A committee of industry leaders with decades of experience and a wealth of manufacturing knowledge oversaw the creation of this report.

This report consists primarily of members of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) and also includes insights from companies that represent the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM). The sample population of this report extends beyond MAPP and ARPM member companies to provide an accurate outlook on manufacturing production and quality performance in 2021. The performance metrics highlighted in this report can be applied to a wide range of manufacturing industries and help clarify performance standards for the reader.

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This study closed February 18, 2022.

Recently Published Reports

The following reports and surveys have been completed and published in the last twelve months. These reports are available for purchase here.

Annual & Biennial Reports

MAPP publishes unique, timely and relevant content, which often varies from year to year. However, some data and business information is critical and requires annual or bi-annual reporting. Below are the surveys that MAPP conducts on a regular basis to provide members with the more up-to-date data available:

The State of the Plastics Industry Study examines critical trends inside plastics organizations across the United States. Data collected within this study relates to high-level company strategies, such as sales, profits, off-shoring, resin pricing, backlog, lead times, market outlook, technology, customer demographics and industry challenges.
The Wage and Salary Report includes comprehensive wage and salary data from over 200 plastics processors across the United States. Data includes compensation information on nearly 60 job titles common in the plastics industry, with breakdowns based on annual sales revenue and geographic locations, as well as operational trends, such as PTO and benefits.
This report includes input from plastics and rubber processing companies across the United States, and covers trends in health insurance; vision, dental and life insurance; as well as retirement and other benefits currently being offered by manufacturers.

The report is available to survey participants and MAPP members only. The Machine Rate Report for injection molders includes inputs from hundreds of plastics industry executives in regard to their machine rates. This year's report includes updated and new data, including: 

  • Breakdowns by region, industry and business activity
  • New, narrower machine tonnage ranges
  • Percent markups for SGA, scrap rate, assembly, components, packaging and automated cells
  • Discount or markup rates for high- and low-volume parts and overall complexity
  • Specific benchmarking for cleanroom manufacturing

We strongly believe that data is an important part of plastics processors achieving success, and we are excited to announce that MAPP is continuing to evolve its benchmarking deliverables to members by partnering with Harbour Results, Inc. to create a unique tool - MAPP Plastics Benchmarking.

 MAPP members are able to access an annual study focused on a broad range of topics including financial, business performance, operations, safety, HR, sales and marketing and forecasting. The information gathered during this study will be compiled with information previously collected by MAPP to generate outputs that will help the U.S.-based plastics processors make better, more informed decisions.