Employee Theft Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Easy Small Business HR, Institute for Corporate Productivity, Jack L. Hayes International, Inc.
Research Date: 9.18.2012
The most obvious form of employee theft is stealing cash from customer transactions like the cash register or from the company account. Other forms include time card fraud and office supply theft.
Employee Theft StatisticsData
Amount stolen annually from U.S. businesses by employees$50,000,000,000
Percent of annual revenues lost to theft or fraud7 %
Percent of employees who have stolen at least once from their employer75 %
Percent of employees who have stolen at least twice from their employer37.5 %
Percent of all business bankruptcies caused by employee theft33 %
Amounts StolenPercent
$1,000,000 and up25.3 %
$500,000 – $999,9999.6 %
$100,000 – $499,99928.2 %
$10,000 – $49,99916.8 %
$1,000 – $9,9997 %
$1,000 or less1.9 %
Median Amount Stolen$175,000
Demographics 
Men59.1 %
Women40.9 %
High School Degree34 %
Some College21 %
Bachelor’s Degree34 %
Postgraduate Degree11 %
Reported Fraud StatisticsPercent
Tip from employee26.3 %
Accidental discovery18.8 %
Internal audit18.8 %
Internal controls15.4 %
External audit11.8 %
Tip from customer8.8 %
Anonymous tip6.2 %
Tip from vendor5.1 %
Notification from law enforcement1.7 %
Other Employee Theft Statistics 
Percent of total thefts committed by a manager37.1 %
Percent of total thefts by an employee who had ideas stolen at work29 %
Average time office fraud lasts before detected2 years
Retail employees arrested for workplace theft1 in 30
Sources of Inventory Shrinkage in RetailPercent
Employee Theft42.7 %
Shoplifting35.6 %
Administrative Error15.4 %
Vendor Fraud3.7 %
Unknown3.9 %
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