A couple months back, we took a look at how tech companies stack up when measured by revenue per employee. Here are some other links (some recent, some older) that discuss payroll and efficiency:

Royal Pingdom reports Google had $209,624 in profit per employee in 2008, beating out Microsoft, Apple, Intel and IBM.


According to an ‘08 article from The Financial Times, Nintendo produced more than $1.6 million per employee—more than investment bank Goldman Sachs’ $1.24 million per employee during 2007.

CNBC looked at how much revenue S&P 500 companies generated per employee over a fiscal year.

Automobiles & Components
Industry Leader: Harley Davidson (HOG)
Annual revenue per employee: $641,612
Annual profit per employee: $62,848
Employees: 9,300

Industry Leader: Amazon.com (AMZN)
Annual revenue per employee: $962,319
Annual profit per employee: $33,237
Employees: 20,600

Business Insider illustrates the value of a unique visitor for several different types of web properties.


“The Craigslist Anomaly” is Michael Slater’s search for lessons from the site’s success.

Replicating this success is not, of course, something that any new site could rationally aspire to do. Perhaps the central reason for craigslist’s great success is that they took a function that was being done offline (classified ads) but could be better done online, and translated it quite simply to to online world. Their goals were modest, and they weren’t trying to build a huge franchise—they were simply trying to solve a problem. Ironically, this led to a huge and powerful franchise.

SI.com looks at the baseball teams that got the most bang for their buck over the last decade.

Florida took advantage of the system over the past decade. The Marlins found a way to spend as little as possible and win just enough—well, maybe. They did win one world championship in the decade but gave their fans only one other pennant race. Here’s a good question for fans: would you take one world championship every decade if it meant punting eight of the other nine years?

Another baseball piece: In “MLB Payroll Efficiency,” Purple Row attempts to correlate number of wins with year-end payroll over a three-year period.