Gaming equipment manufacturing is an important and sometimes overlooked sector of the gaming industry. It includes suppliers of electronic gaming devices, systems, table games, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. Gaming equipment manufacturing is a global industry with companies based in the United States and abroad and operating around the world.
During 2012, the gaming equipment manufacturing sector of the U.S. gaming industry made significant contributions to the overall U.S. economy, rebounding after two years of contraction due to the recession. Research conducted by Applied Analysis for the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and reported in the 2013 State of the States: The AGA Survey of Casino Entertainment reveals that, in 2012, the U.S. gaming equipment manufacturing sector produced $13.0 billion in economic output (revenues), employed 31,200 people and paid salaries and wages of an estimated $2.3 billion. The average annual salary within the industry was $73,300.
Data reported by AGEM also show that members of the gaming equipment manufacturing sector provide substantial benefits to their employees. Nearly three out of four (72.1 percent) gaming equipment manufacturers sponsor health care plans that cover more than three-quarters of their employees. Equipment manufacturers also create ripple effects in the communities where they operate, as all surveyed manufacturers make at least some purchases from local vendors.
Many gaming equipment manufacturers are members of both AGEM and the American Gaming Association (AGA) and participate with casino operators in industrywide responsible gaming, diversity and philanthropy programs.