1332.0.55.002 - Statistical Language!, 2008  
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Contents >> Percentage >> How do you calculate the Percentage?

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE THE PERCENTAGE?

The percentage of a data set can be calculated by dividing a component value by the total value; and then multiplying that value by 100.

Equation: percentage formula


Example

If we wanted to know the percentage of employees who are factory workers out of all employees, the same formula is applied.

Employment details of 'The Widget Company'

Observation
Position in company
Salary ($)

1
CEO
100 000
2
Manager
60 000
3
Manager
60 000
4
Factory Worker
50 000
5
Factory Worker
50 000
6
Factory Worker
50 000
7
Factory Worker
50 000
8
Trainee
40 000
9
Trainee
40 000


In this case:

Equation: percentage

Thus we find 44% of all employees from ‘The Widget Company’ are factory workers.





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