Pearson Education Statistics

Pearson Education Statistics

  • Following on from a difficult 2020, Pearson Education’s annual revenue for FY 2021 was $4.71 billion, an annual increase of 8.06%, making Pearson Education the largest publishing company in the United States.
  • Since peaking in 2017 at $5.82 billion, Pearson’s revenue dropped annually until 2021’s increase to $4.71 billion.
  • Pearson’s revenue for fiscal years 2017 through to 2021 was recorded at an average of $5.07 billion.
  • When compared alongside other academic publishers, Pearson boasts 40% of the market share within the United States. 
  • Pearson achieved the most sales in the Assessment & qualifications segment during 2021 at $1.66 billion, comparatively to the previous 3 years.
  • For the segment of virtual learning, Pearson’s sales grew year-on-year, from $695 million in 2018 to $980 million as of 2021.
  • For 2018 – 2021, Pearson’s sales by segment show that assessment and qualifications account for 32.10% of Pearson’s sales. This is followed by:
    • Higher education at 27.64%
    • Virtual learning at 16.95%
    • Strategic review at 11.31%
    • English language learning at 7.32%
    • Workforce skills at 4.68%
  • As of FY 2021, Pearson Education recorded a gross profit of $2.31 billion, a 10.46% increase on the previous year.
  • From 2017 to 2021, Pearson Education recorded its largest gross profit in 2017 at $3.15 billion.

Pearson Education revenue statistics

  • As of FY 2021, Pearson Education’s annual revenue was $4.71 billion, showing an annual increase of 8.06%.
  • Since peaking in 2017 at $5.82 billion, Pearson’s revenue continued to decline yearly until 2021’s rise to $4.71 billion.
  • Pearson’s revenue for fiscal years 2017 through to 2021 averaged $5.07 billion.
  • As of 2021, Pearson’s revenue was at its lowest point during the last previous 5 years at the end of 2020, dipping to $4.36 billion, representing a -11.70% change for that fiscal year.
  • From 2017 to 2021, Pearson Education’s revenue showed an 18.95% decrease in total.
  • Despite operating in more than 70 countries, Pearson still generates around 60% of sales in the North America region.
  • Pearson also accounts for around 5.1% of total industry revenue in Testing & Educational Support.
YearAnnual revenue ($ million)Change
2021$4,7148.06%
2020$4,362-11.70%
2019$4,940-10.36%
2018$5,511-5.24%
2017$5,816

A graphical representation of Pearson’s annual revenue is presented on the chart below:

Pearson sales by operating segment

  • Pearson achieved the most sales in the Assessment & qualifications segment during 2021 at $1.66 billion, when compared to the previous 3 years.
  • For the segment of virtual learning, Pearson’s sales have been growing year-on-year, from $695 million in 2018 to $980 million in 2021.
  • Sales in the English language learning segment peaked in 2018 at $414 million before dipping and resuming growth in 2021 at $327 million. 
  • The workforce skills segment peaked at $236 million in 2019 before dropping and eventually increasing to $237 million in 2021.
  • Higher education and strategic review sales have declined yearly.
    • Higher education: from $1.60 billion in 2018 to $1.17 billion in 2021.
    • Strategic review: from $986 million in 2018 to $347 million in 2021.

Below is a table representation of Pearson’s sales by operating segment ($ million) converted from pounds:

Segment2018201920202021
Assessment & qualifications$1,588$1,634$1,389$1,656
Virtual learning$695$746$889$980
English language learning$414$409$280$327
Workforce skills$232$236$209$237
Higher education$1,595$1,407$1,228$1,167
Strategic review$986$508$367$347
Total$5,511$4,940$4,362$4,714

Below is a graphical representation of Pearson’s sales by operating segment:

Pearson Education gross profit statistics

  • As of the 2021 fiscal year, Pearson Education recorded a gross profit of $2.31 billion, a 10.46% increase on the previous financial year.
  • From 2017 to 2021, Pearson Education recorded its largest gross profit in 2017 at $3.15 billion.
  • Since then, figures continued to drop yearly until finally achieving + $219 million over the 2020’s $2.31 billion in 2021.
  • For the years given, the average gross profit for Pearson Education was $2.61 billion.
  • The overall percentage change from 2017 through to 2021 was -26.7%.
YearGross profit ($ million)Change
20212,31210.46%
20202,093-18.49%
20192,568-11.99%
20182,918-7.48%
20173,154

A graphical representation of Pearson’s gross profit from 2017 – 2021:

Pearson Education employment statistics

  • In 2021, Pearson exceeded their succession planning objectives with 72% of succession plans including a woman (goal >50%) and 24% including a person of color (goal >20%).
  • For 2021 and 2020, on average Pearson employed 55.3% of its workforce from the U.S. This was followed by the UK at 16% and the Asia Pacific region at 13.2%.
  • People employed in countries outside of the UK & Europe, North America or the Asia Pacific region dropped 34.42% from 2,109 to 1,383 on average.
  • Pearson was ranked #19 in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2022.
  • The index was based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people inclusion across workplaces, services, and communities.
  • Pearson Education was recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion in the US by Disability:IN.

Pearson Education average employees per location:

LocationFY 2020FY 2021
UK3,3043,395
Other European886878
US11,43211,757
Canada648593
Asia Pacific2,8122,738
Rest of world2,1091,383
Total21,19120,744

A graphical representation of Pearson’s average employees is given below:

Pearson Education FAQ

Does Pearson Education have an English examination test?

  • The company offers the renowned Pearson Test of English, used by more than 3,000 institutions.

Where do Pearson provide English solutions to?

  • Pearson provides English solutions to 163 different countries through different educational establishments.

Does Pearson have a plan to reduce its carbon footprint?

  • Pearson is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by reducing printed copies and increasing digital units.
  • Print units have decreased from 21 million in 2010 to just 2 million in 2021.
  • Meanwhile, digital units have almost doubled in the same period, from 5.5 million units to 9.7 million units.

What is Pearson+?

  • Pearson+ is an eTextbook platform subscription service designed for students
  • The service boasts 2.75 million users, 133,000 subscriptions and 1,600+ titles as of 2021.