How to convert markup into margin

Posted by Thomas Wong
Turn markup into margin

If you’re looking for a quick, straightforward way to convert markup into margin, this is it.

We’ve written about the markup formula and the margin formula before, but our previous post was specifically for calculating these numbers when you  already had the price and cost of that particular product. But a few readers contacted us with another question: if you only know the markup percentage, is there a formula to convert markup directly into margin?

The answer is yes, and we’ve written out the formulas below.

How to convert markup into margin (or margin into markup)

Markup = Margin / (1 - Margin) and Margin = Markup / (1 + Markup)

If you’re not familiar with the terms, the quick version is: markup will tell you how much your price is marked up above your cost, and margin (a.k.a. gross profit margin) will tell you how much profit you’re making as a percentage on top of your price.

In general we’d recommend that you still know your price and cost as real numbers when examining markup and margin, but if you’re just trying to do quick conversions, these formulas will do the trick:

With the formulas above, all you’ll need to do is express your percentage or markup or margin as a real number. This means that 100% is written as 1.00, 200% is written as 2.00, and so on.

Let’s take the example of a 50% margin and see how to express that value as markup:

Given Markup = Margin / (1 - Margin), then a Margin of 0.50 (50%) equals a markup of 1.00 (100%)

A quick table of margin and markup values

As you can see, once you have a number for margin in place, it’s very easy to figure out markup. Since there’s a simple mathematical relationship between the two, you can even keep a table of a few markup and margin values in mind:

A table showing Markup values and their margin equivalents. Markup of 100% is a margin of 50%, a markup of 200% is a margin of 66.6%, etc.

You can use the formulas above or this quick table to quickly convert margin into markup, or express markup as a profit margin. But if you’re not sure what each number means, our original Margin vs. Markup post can provide more context.

inFlow Cloud automatically calculates markup for you

As easy as all that math is, you don’t actually have to crunch those numbers yourself.

If you manage your purchases and sales in inFlow Cloud, then the system will know your unit costs and sale prices. inFlow will automatically calculate your markup for you on a per-product basis, or make sure that your markup percentage is fixed (so that you always make money, even if it becomes more expensive to buy more stock).

inFlow Cloud saves you time and calculates markups for you!

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Thomas Wong

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  1. I can’t thank you enough for your clear and concise articles on markup and margin! You are helping me so much in preparing for my Marketing Metrics exam, where I have to calculate all of these by hand. I would never have understood it as well as I do without you! Thank you so much!