All companies, whether large or small, have many different ways of measuring their success, primarily, profit and revenue.

But to get an even better idea of which businesses are really getting the most out of their resources, we’ve decided to take a look at which of the world’s biggest companies are generating the most profit per employee.

Doing so shows us which companies are truly getting the best returns and which sectors have the most efficient employees.

Profit

per Employee

Profit per employee is calculated by dividing the last twelve months (LTM) of a company’s net income by the company’s number of full-time employees. A higher profit per employee ratio shows that a company is efficient in translating employee headcount and productivity into profitability, which makes profit per employee a good metric for measuring company success.

The numbers show that many of the most high-profile businesses in the world are actually doing pretty well when it comes to profit per employee, with Facebook in 17th ($411,308 per employee) and Apple narrowly behind in 18th ($403,328 per employee).

However, the company that came out in top spot was the government-sponsored Fannie Mae (formally known as the Federal National Mortgage Association), with an incredible $1.8 million profit for each of their 7,500 employees, with its brother organization Freddie Mac taking third spot ($1 million per employee).

When we look at how things break down between different sectors, we see that financial companies such as the Bank of America and Wells Fargo performed the best, with the finance sector holding an average profit per employee of $116,228.

This was followed by those in tech ($87,532), such as Facebook, Apple and Alphabet and energy ($85,547).

Top 5 Companies with the Highest Profit per Employee

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Top 5 Sectors with the Highest Profit per Employee

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Revenue

per Employee

Revenue per employee is an alternative metric that is sometimes used to show employee efficiency, with the main difference with profit per employee being that it doesn’t take into account the company’s costs.

The company with the highest revenue per employee was NGL Energy Partners, with annual revenue of over $24 billion and just 1,300 employees, which works out a revenue of $18.5 million for each employee.

This was followed by financial services organization INTL FCStone as well as two of the companies which also had the best profit per employee, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Finally, when we look at how the revenue per employee breaks down per employee, we see that energy companies such as Duke and Xcel Energy lead the way, with a revenue per employee of $1.7 billion per employee, followed by those in health care ($781,793) and financials ($771,479).

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Top 5 Sectors with the Highest Revenue per Employee

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Methodology

All data sourced from the Fortune 500 list, with profits and revenue per employee calculated by dividing each company’s annual profits and revenue by their number of employees.