The EV maker’s footprint in California is more than just EV production. It lists Megapack and vehicle castings plants in Lathrop and its software engineering operation in Palo Alto. Tesla also has manufacturing facilities in Fremont for battery manufacturing, battery development and testing in San Diego, and vehicle design in Hawthorne. It has invested $5 billion in facilities in the state.
Tesla asserts it defied national trends by increasing domestic employment even as other companies export manufacturing jobs outside the country. Its workforce increased by 40 percent between 2018 and 2021. Tesla also paid its employees more than the state average by 50 percent, the highest in the sector.
“Over the past decade, many manufacturing jobs have been exported outside of the U.S., and international supply chains have been disrupted, yet Tesla has defied national trends by increasing domestic employment and production. Tesla-supported jobs in California increased by 40% from 2018 to 2021, and 2021 wages exceeded the state average by 50%, offering the highest compensation in our sectors,” Tesla explained.
All direct and indirect Tesla employment amounted to 80,000. The company also paid $1 billion in federal, state, and local taxes annually on average between 2018 and 2021. State and local authorities collected about $400 million in taxes in 2021.
Tesla’s contribution to California’s gross state product jumped 42 percent between 2018 and 2021, even though the state’s GSP grew by only 16 percent.
Salaries from Tesla and Tesla-related jobs added $16.6 billion to the state’s economy, representing $44.4 million per day.
The EV maker ended 2022 with 47,000 direct employees. You can read Tesla’s numerous achievements during the year here.