Employee Theft Statistics

Employee Theft Statistics Data
Amount stolen annually from U.S. businesses by employees $50,000,000,000
Percent of annual revenues lost to theft or fraud 7 %
Percent of employees who have stolen at least once from their employer 75 %
Percent of employees who have stolen at least twice from their employer 37.5 %
Percent of all business bankruptcies caused by employee theft 33 %
Amounts Stolen Percent
$1,000,000 and up 25.3 %
$500,000 – $999,999 9.6 %
$100,000 – $499,999 28.2 %
$10,000 – $49,999 16.8 %
$1,000 – $9,999 7 %
$1,000 or less 1.9 %
Median Amount Stolen $175,000
Demographics  
Men 59.1 %
Women 40.9 %
High School Degree 34 %
Some College 21 %
Bachelor’s Degree 34 %
Postgraduate Degree 11 %
Reported Fraud Statistics Percent
Tip from employee 26.3 %
Accidental discovery 18.8 %
Internal audit 18.8 %
Internal controls 15.4 %
External audit 11.8 %
Tip from customer 8.8 %
Anonymous tip 6.2 %
Tip from vendor 5.1 %
Notification from law enforcement 1.7 %
Other Employee Theft Statistics  
Percent of total thefts committed by a manager 37.1 %
Percent of total thefts by an employee who had ideas stolen at work 29 %
Average time office fraud lasts before detected 2 years
Retail employees arrested for workplace theft 1 in 30
Sources of Inventory Shrinkage in Retail Percent
Employee Theft 42.7 %
Shoplifting 35.6 %
Administrative Error 15.4 %
Vendor Fraud 3.7 %
Unknown 3.9 %
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Easy Small Business HR, Institute for Corporate Productivity, Jack L. Hayes International, Inc.
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 7, 2015

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