How to Calculate Percent of Total in Power BI (With Example)


You can use the following syntax in DAX to create a new column that displays the percent of a column total:

Percent of Total = 'my_data'[Points] / SUM('my_data'[Points])

This particular example creates a new column named Percent of Total that displays the percent of the total of the Points column that a given row represents.

The following example shows how to use this syntax in practice.

Example: How to Calculate Percent of Total in Power BI

Suppose we have the following table in Power BI named my_data that contains information about points scored by basketball players on various teams:

Suppose we would like to add a new column that shows how much each individual value in the Points column represents as a percentage of the total values in the Points column.

To do so, click the Table tools tab along the top ribbon, then click the New column icon:

Then type in the following formula into the formula bar:

Percent of Total = 'my_data'[Points] / SUM('my_data'[Points]) 

This will create a new column named Percent of Total that shows how much each individual value in the Points column represents as a percentage of the total values in the Points column:

Power BI calculate percent of total

If we add up all of the values in the Points column, we’ll find that the total is 256.

Thus, we can see from the Percent of Total column:

  • The first player accounts for 22/256 = .0859 or 8.59% of total points.
  • The second player accounts for 14/256 = .0546 or 5.46% of total points.
  • The third player accounts for 19/256 = .0742 or 7.42% of total points.

And so on.

If you’d like to display the values as percentages, then click the dropdown arrow next to Format and then click Percentage:

Each of the values in the Percent of Total column will now be displayed as percentages:

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Power BI:

How to Count Number of Occurrences in Power BI
How to Use “If Contains” in Power BI
How to Write an IF Statement in Power BI

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