Poultry Industry Adds 477,000 Jobs; Economic Output Increases $204 Billion over Last Two Years

January 12, 2015
Tucker, GA

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and United Egg Producers have made available an updated economic impact study that highlights the increased positive impact the poultry industry has on jobs, wages, and federal and state revenue in the United States. A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the poultry industry collectively increased from 2012 to 2014 the number of jobs from 1,337,020 to 1,814,200, amount of wages from $63 billion to $100.2 billion, total economic activity from $265.5 billion to $469.6 billion, and government revenue from $23.4 billion to $32.9 billion. The study was updated using the most current methodology available, and as a result, a small portion of the increase can be attributed to the new methodology. 

The study breaks down poultry into three subcategories: chicken, turkey and eggs. Key economic data from each are as follows:

  • The chicken industry provides 1,339,900 jobs, $74 billion in wages, $348.7 billion in economic activity, and $24.4 billion in government revenue.
  • The turkey industry provides 308,400 jobs, $16.9 billion in wages, $80.1 billion in economic activity, and $5.6 billion in government revenue.
  • The egg industry provides 128,000 jobs, $7.2 billion in wages, $30.7 billion in economic activity, and $2.2 billion in government revenue.

“We are pleased to be able to provide this valuable tool across the industry that demonstrates the positive economic impact the poultry industry has on our communities,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY.

The data is hosted on interactive websites that can be viewed collectively or by individual product, and then sorted nationally, by state, congressional district, state house district or state senate district. For more information about the U.S. poultry industry’s economic impact, visit:






The economic impact study was funded by USPOULTRY. The study was conducted by John Dunham & Associates, based in New York City, and uses data from 2014. For more information on the study’s methodology and model description, please click here.




About U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, Ga.


About the National Chicken Council

The National Chicken Council (NCC) represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce and process chickens. Member companies of NCC account for more than 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.


About the National Turkey Federation
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate raising awareness for its members' products, while strengthening their ability to profitably and safely deliver wholesome, high-quality, and nutritious food to consumers worldwide. NTF represents growers, processors, hatchers, breeders, distributors, allied services and state associations. NTF is found at EatTurkey.org, on Twitter @TurkeyGal and on Facebook as Turkey. The Perfect Protein® 


About the United Egg Producers

The United Egg Producers (UEP) is a farmer cooperative representing egg farmer members from all across the United States.  The member companies produce approximately 90% of the nation’s total egg production.  UEP’s primary role is to develop programs for the members that address animal welfare, food safety, and the environment and to represent their interest in government affairs.