The 20 Most And Least Profitable Companies, Per Employee

Most and Least Profit per Employee Fortune 500

The Fortune 500 is an elite club of the biggest American businesses, which combined to generate profits of over $1.2 trillion in 2019.

But how much profit do these companies make on a per employee basis?

This visualization uncovers the answer by comparing the 20 companies with the most and least returns per employee, using calculations from Tipalti (based on the Fortune 500 list).

Top 20: Most Profit per Employee

Diving right in, the companies that make the most money per employee may surprise you.

Housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac take two of the top three spots, bringing in $1.9 million and $1.0 million per employee respectively in 2019.

The two U.S. government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) are major players in the secondary mortgage market, buying and repackaging nearly half the mortgages in the country. The duo was allowed to retain their profits as of October 2019, instead of returning them to the U.S. Treasury.

Company Sector Profit per Employee Profits ($M) Employees
Fannie Mae
(Federal National Mortgage Association)
Financials $1,888,000 $14,160 7,500
KKR Financials $1,448,699 $2,005 1,384
Freddie Mac
(Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)
Financials $1,046,721 $7,214 6,892
NRG Energy Energy $969,631 $4,438 4,577
EOG Resources Energy $943,103 $2,735 2,900
Biogen Health Care $795,811 $5,889 7,400
Blackstone Group Financials $705,680 $2,050 2,905
ConocoPhillips Energy $691,250 $7,189 10,400
Enterprise Products Partners Energy $628,904 $4,591 7,300
Visa Business Services $619,487 $12,080



Apple employs 137,000 people—the largest workforce by far among the 40 companies profiled—but still makes $403,328 per employee. Facebook is the only other tech giant to bring in more money per employee at $411,308.

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