But those employees generate more profit per capita—by far—than any of Apple’s peers in the industry.
In the quarter that ended in September — not its best, mind you—the company generated sales of $28.3 billion and net income of $6.62 billion, or nearly $110,000 profit per employee.
That’s a useful metric because it gives you a yardstick by which to compare companies of very different sizes. Giant IBM (IBM), for example, with more than 425,000 employees, generated less than $9,000 profit per employee last quarter. Amazon’s (AMZN) 43,000 workers are even less efficient, bringing in only $1,458 apiece.
Apple came out on top in a similar survey that Pingdom ran last spring using annual rather than quarterly net income — thus generating numbers roughly four times larger. Below, their chart from May comparing 2011 to 2008, when Google (GOOG) was at the top of the heap.
NOTE: An earlier version of this story reported profit per employee in millions, rather than thousands of dollars. Rookie math error, but what’s a few orders of magnitude among friends?