Number of employees of Apple 2005-2019

This graph shows the total number of Apple employees as of the end of each financial year for the company from 2005 through to 2019. As of FY2019, the total number of employees had reached around 139 thousand (only counting full-time equivalent).

Apple Corporation – additional information

Founded in 1976, Apple is an American multinational corporation that specializes in computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and online services. The company initially focused on the production of consumer and business computers. Over the years it has included a more diverse line of electronic products. In the fiscal year of 2018, Apple was the world’s 11th largest company and the world’s largest information technology company.

Apple’s current product line ranges across personal computers, tablet computers, digital music players and smartphones. The iPhone, a line of smartphones designed and produced by Apple, has revolutionized the smartphone industry with its screen-centric design and touch controls. Its global sales have skyrocketed since its introduction in 2007, with about 218 million units sold in the fiscal year 2018. According to the quarterly reports by Apple, the iPhone has generated more than half of Apple’s revenue between 2013 and 2019. The iPad, a line of tablet computers, counts as one of the very first players in the global tablet industry. Even though the global market share of the iPad has dropped since 2012, it still dominated the tablet market with a 31.4 percent share as of the third quarter of 2019.

Even though Apple was the second most valuable brand in the world in 2017, it was not among the world’s largest companies in terms of staff. Other information technology companies, such as Samsung Electronics or IBM, had employed a larger number of people. However, the revenue per employee of Apple turned out to be the highest among leading technology companies.

Apple's number of employees in the fiscal years 2005 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The statistics refer to the number of full-time equivalent employees at the end of the fourth fiscal quarter of each year. Apple's fiscal year ends in September.

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