Caterpillar - global number of employees 2006-2018

This statistic represents the global number of Caterpillar employees between the fiscal year of 2006 and the fiscal year of 2018. In the fiscal year of 2018, the Illinois-based manufacturer of machinery and engines employed around 101,500 people around the world.

Number of Caterpillar employees

Caterpillar Inc. is ranked among the world’s top manufacturers of construction machinery, as well as various other types of machinery and engines. The company was founded in 1925 in California, following a merger between two of the most important tractor manufacturers in the United States at the time. As a multinational, Caterpillar has employees all around the world, although most of its employees are based in North America. Caterpillar employed around 42,400 people in the North American region in 2017.

In 2017, the company made global profit of a some 754 million U.S. dollars, which was an increase over the 67 million lost in 2016. The energy and transportation segment contributed more than 15 billion U.S. dollars to Caterpillars's revenue stream.

Average number of Caterpillar employees worldwide from FY 2006 to FY 2018

Number of employees in thousands
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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

FY 2006 to FY 2018

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2014 are taken from previous annual reports; these figures have been rounded.

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