How to get percentage of something calculations in Excel Pivot Tables
Ever wondered how to get percentage of another value in Excel pivot tables, like this:
In this tip, learn how to create such calculations using Excel pivot tables.
Note: this tip is not compatible with older versions of Excel. If you are using Excel 2007 / 2010 / 2013, then please install free Power Pivot addin to create measures.
Step 1: Create a data model pivot table from your data
Let’s say you have some ledger entries data like this, in a table named data:
Go to Insert > Pivot Table and create a data model pivot table from this. Make sure you check “Add this data to the data model” option.
Step 2: Create a measure to calculate percentage of another value in Excel pivot tables
Now that we have a data model pivot, you can add measures to calculate various interesting things. Let’s create a measure to calculate the amount as a percentage of sales. To do that, right click on table in fields list and click on “Add Measure…” option.
Write below measure:
=SUM(data[Amount]) / CALCULATE(SUM(data[Amount]) , ALL(data), data[Category]="Sales")
And click ok. Now your measure has been created. Add this to the pivot table values area and you can see other values as % of sales. Cool no?
How does this work?
There are two parts in this calculation.

SUM(data[Amount])
: gives the total amount for the category / subcategory in the pivot table rowCALCULATE(SUM(data[Amount]) , ALL(data), data[Category]="Sales")
: calculates the total amount for “Sales” category by first removing filters on the data table { ALL(data) part } and then setting a filter with data[Category]=”Sales”
If all of this sounds like Greek and Latin, then check out my excellent introduction to DAX page first. You will learn how DAX works with simpler examples.
If you want to show the percentages only for nonsales category:
then you can use below measure definition:
=IF(HASONEVALUE(data[Category]), IF(values(data[Category])<>"Sales", sum(data[Amount]) / CALCULATE(sum(data[Amount]), all(data), data[Category]="Sales"), blank()), blank())
See all this in action – Video tutorial on “How to calculate percentage of another value in Excel pivot tables”
Check out this short video to understand how to create your percentage of sales measure in Excel. You can also watch it on Chandoo.org YouTube Channel.
Download percentage calculations pivot table example
Click here to download example workbook for this tip. Right click on the measures and select “Edit” to see the DAX formula.
More advanced pivot table tips
Been making pivot tables for a while and want to graduate to next level? Check out below tips:
 Distinct count in Excel Pivot Tables
 Rank totals with in a category in pivot table
 First and last date of a sale using pivot tables
 Generate combinations of two lists quickly
 Excel for accounting – 6 part tutorial
 More on Excel pivot tables & Power Pivot
Pivot much? What is the coolest pivot you have built
I build pivot tables every day, even on those unfortunate days when I don’t get to work on Excel or Power BI (yes, I build them in my mind on those days, you silly). They are powerful, useful and essential.
What about you? What is the coolest pivot you have built? Please, pretty please, do tell me in the comments. Off you go.
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4 Responses to “How to get percentage of something calculations in Excel Pivot Tables”
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How to get percentage of something calculations in Excel Pivot Tables
HI Chandoo
Hope you are doing well. I have applied your Dax formula on my excel sheet but I got data in different column as departments. And I need excel to calculate the percentage on the total of the each cost center but this one instead has taken the grand total of all the string under sales.
May I please ask for some help on this percentage calculations on different columns (For Each Department). Please share the formula. Thanks
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Imran