Oil Industry Profit Margin Ranks #114 Out 215Mark Perryupdated May 12, 2011TweetAt GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity on our content & provide transparent & unbiased information. Companies don't pay us to include their products although we receive a compensation when you successfully apply to products from our partners. See how we make money here.At GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity.The table below shows industry rankings for net profit margin (profits / sales) of the top 114 industries out of 215 total industries during the most recent quarter, from Yahoo!Finance. The top five oil companies (Chevron, Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and BP) are part of the "Major Integrated Oil and Gas" industry, and the CEOs of the "Big Five" are appearing today before the Senate Committee on Finance, to get grilled about the "taxpayer subsidies" and "tax breaks" they receive, explain why they deserve to earn record "windfall" profits, and explain the role they play in higher oil and gas prices. As the table below shows, the Integrated Oil and Gas industry made an average profit of 6.2 cents per dollar of sales, which ranks #114 out of 215 industries by profit margin, and puts oil companies right in the middle of industries by profitability. If the Senate Finance Committee wants to investigate "excessive" or "windfall" profits, they might consider going after some of the other industries that have benefited from higher commodity prices and achieved much higher profit margins than oil (at 6.2%), like silver (44.7%), copper (24%), gold (21%), and industrial metals (21%) and lumber (17.7%). RankIndustryNet Profit Margin1Closed-End Fund - Equity81%2Publishing - Periodicals51.73Silver44.74Closed-End Fund - Foreign38.35REIT - Diversified366Copper247Internet Information Providers23.88Application Software22.79Foreign Utilities20.510Industrial Metals and Minerals20.111Gold20.112Cigarettes19.813Semiconductor - Broad Line19.214REIT - Healthcare Facilities19.115Lumber, Wood Production17.716Semiconductor - Integrated Circuits17.617Diversified Investments17.518Healthcare Information Services16.619Beverages - Brewers16.520Regional - Southwest Banks16.421Semiconductor- Memory Chips16.122Publishing - Books16.123Networking and Communication Devices15.724Drug Manufacturers - Major15.425Long Distance Carriers15.226Railroads1527Beverages - Wineries and Distillers14.928Nonmetallic Mineral Mining14.629Beverages - Soft Drinks14.330Wireless Communications14.131Semiconductor Equipment and Materials14.132Personal Products13.933Personal Computers13.934Medical Instruments and Supplies13.935Drug Manufacturers - Other13.636Security Software and Services13.237Property and Casualty Insurance13.238Agricultural Chemicals1339Specialty Chemicals12.740REIT - Residential12.741Biotechnology12.742Medical Appliances & Equipment12.643Technical and System Software12.544Mortgage Investment12.545Entertainment - Diversified12.546Air Services, Other12.447Diversified Electronics11.948Processed and Packaged Goods11.549Foreign Regional Banks11.550Water Utilities10.951Semiconductor - Specialized10.552Money Center Banks10.553Consumer Services10.554Broadcasting - TV10.555Regional - Midwest Banks10.456Toys and Games10.157Textile - Apparel Footwear10.158Restaurants1059Investment Brokerage - National1060Oil and Gas Drilling and Exploration9.961Paper and Paper Products9.862Foreign Money Center Banks9.863Regional - Northeast Banks9.764Business Software and Services9.765Synthetics9.566Scientific and Technical Instruments9.567Data Storage Devices9.568Internet Software and Services9.469CATV Systems9.370Specialty Eateries9.271Telecom Services - Domestic9.172Specialized Health Services973Diversified Computer Systems974Savings and Loans8.975Internet Service Providers8.976Conglomerates8.877Research Services8.778Diversified Machinery8.779Education and Training Services8.480Independent Oil and Gas8.381Industrial Equipment and Components8.282General Entertainment8.283Diversified Utilities8.184Asset Management8.185Accident and Health Insurance8.186Information and Delivery Services887Gas Utilities888Business Services889Telecom Services - Foreign7.990Oil and Gas Equipment and Services7.991Insurance Brokers7.892Cleaning Products7.893Steel and Iron7.794Drug Related Products7.795Home Furnishing Stores7.696Diagnostic Substances7.697Auto Parts Stores7.398Industrial Electrical Equipment7.299Waste Management7100Confectioners7101Aerospace/Defense - Major Diversified7102Publishing - Newspapers6.9103Jewelry Stores6.9104Home Health Care6.9105Computer Based Systems6.9106Pollution & Treatment Controls6.8107Lodging6.8108Communication Equipment6.7109Aerospace/Defense Products & Services6.6110Sporting Activities6.5111Packaging & Containers6.5112Catalog & Mail Order Houses6.5113Drugs - Generic6.3114Major Integrated Oil and Gas6.2Editorial Disclosure: Any personal views and opinions expressed by the author in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of GET.com. 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