How to Create Pie Charts in SPSS

A pie chart is a circular chart that uses “pie slices” to display the relative sizes of data.

This tutorial explains how to create and interpret pie charts in SPSS.

Example: Pie Chart in SPSS

Suppose we have the following dataset that shows the state of residence for 15 different people:

We can create a pie chart to visualize the frequencies of people from different states by clicking on the Analyze tab, then Descriptive Statistics, then Frequencies:

The following window will pop up:

Drag state over to the box labeled Variable(s), then click on Charts and make sure that Pie charts is selected:

Pie chart in SPSS

Click Continue, then press OK. The following pie chart will automatically appear:

Pie chart in SPSS with frequencies

From the chart we can see that 5 people are from Indiana (blue), 3 are from Kentucky (red), and 7 are from Ohio (green). The table above the pie chart also shows these numbers in percentage forms:

  • 33.3% of people are from Indiana
  • 20.0% of people are from Kentucky
  • 46.7% of people are from Ohio

The pie chart helps us easily see that nearly half of the people in the dataset are from Ohio, as nearly half of the entire chart is green.

One Reply to “How to Create Pie Charts in SPSS”

  1. Note: never use a pie chart. A bar chart or dot chart is always better. See Cleveland (1985) for empirical support on this.

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