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Office Theft Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

by . July 31st, 2015

Workplace pilferage is such a fact of life that entire industries thrive on attempting to prevent it.

But we bet you had no idea workplace theft and fraud are as widespread as this. I was personally surprised that 1 in 30 retail employees have been arrested for stealing from their employers. This implies that many more remain uncaught, and the proportion of those uncaught is anybody’s guess.

Likewise, I was surprised at how education mitigated instances of theft and fraud, but exponentially increased the amounts stolen per incidence. See which office theft statistics surprise you in the infographic below:

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Fast Facts:


  • 27% of large enterprises reported an increase in theft*
  • 7% of annual revenues lost to fraud.
  • Managers are responsible for 37.1% of fraud cases
  • 29% of American employees claim they’ve had ideas stolen from them.
  • Office frauds last an average of two years before they are found out.
  • 1 in 30 American retail employees have been arrested for theft

Amounts stolen.


  • $1,000,000 and up – 25.3%.
  • $500,000 – $999,999 – 9.6%.
  • $100,000 – $499,999 – 28.2% 
  • $50,000 – $99,999 – 11.2%.
  • $10,000 – $49,999 – 16.8%.
  • $1,000 – $9,999 – 7.0%.
  • >$1.000 – 1.9%.
  • Median = $175.000.

Men vs Women


Men – 59.1%,

Median amount- $250,000

Women – 40.9%,

Median amount  – $110,000


Education level of office thieves.


  • High school degree – 34%.
  • Postgraduate degree – 11%  — but this bracket takes 5.5 times more than high school graduates!
  • Some college – 21%.
  • Bachelor’s degree – 34%.

Sources: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – Institute for Corporate Productivity – Jack L. hayes International, Inc. – Office Team. 

*Applied to the projected 2008 U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

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