Top 20 Most Profitable Industries

Dec 17, 2011

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Top 20 Industries Based on Profitability

When doing business with other businesses (B2B), its important to note what types of verticals or industries will provide the best market for your product. The data below represents the top 20 most profitable verticals within the past 5 years. Compare this list to your marketing plan and evaluate whether any of these verticals provide an opportunity for focus on that particular vertical.


2007 Profits as % of Revenues

Industry Rank Industry Profit %
1. Network and Communications Equipment 28.8
2. Mining, Crude-Oil Production 23.8
3. Pharmaceuticals 15.8
4. Medical Products and Equipment 15.2
5. Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 13.7
6. Commercial Banks 12.6
7. Railroads 12.4
8. Entertainment 12.4
9. Insurance: Life, Health (stock) 10.6
10. Household and Personal Products 10.2
11. Securities 10.1
12. Insurance: Property and Casualty (stock) 9.9
13. Real Estate 9.9
14. Scientific, Photographic, and Control Equipment 9.8
15. Financial Data Services 8.7
16. Food Services 7.9
17. Publishing, Printing 7.9
18. Utilities: Gas and Electric 7.9
19. Industrial and Farm Equipment 7.6
20. Electronics, Electrical Equipment 7.6

Top 10 Industries Based on Median Revenue

  1. Travel $38.8 million
  2. Financial Services $16.3 million
  3. Logistics $15.4 million
  4. Government Services $14.8 million
  5. Energy $14.2 million
  6. Insurance $14 million
  7. Construction $13.8 million
  8. Transportation $12.2 million
  9. Human Resources $11.7 million
  10. Telecommunications $11.6 million

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