The accounting industry ranks No. 1 in terms of net profit margin in a list of private industries compiled by Sageworks, a company that provides financial analysis tools and information for privately held companies.

The accounting industry has been ranked No. 1 in private industries over the past 10 years and is still No. 1 as of the last 12 months, since May 2009, according to Sageworks.

The company’s list of this year’s top 10 industries (see below) includes only service industries; however, the bank industry fell off the list over the past 12 months to below number 20.

Top 10 Privately Held Industries by Net Profit Margin for Last 12 Months

Ranking

Net Profit Margin

Industry

1

15.97%

Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services

2

15.94%

Offices of Dentists

3

13.46%

Legal Services

4

11.69%

Offices of Other Health Practitioners

5

11.55%

Offices of Physicians

6

11.27%

Activities Related to Credit Intermediation

7

11.23%

Other Financial Investment Activities

8

11.20%

Technical and Trade Schools

9

10.75%

Nondepository Credit Intermediation

10

10.19%

Insurance Carriers

Top 10 Privately Held Industries by Net Profit Margin for Last 10 Years

Ranking

Net Profit Margin

Industry

1

16.11%

Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services

2

15.23%

Offices of Dentists

3

14.26%

Depository Credit Intermediation

4

13.26%

Legal Services

5

12.32%

Offices of Other Health Practitioners

6

11.32%

Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)

7

11.27%

Offices of Physicians

8

11.09%

Rail Transportation

9

10.75%

Other Financial Investment Activities

10

10.66%

Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities

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