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How to view salaries summary in pivot table

Although we’ve already seen how to apply aggregate functions (e.g. sum, average) on all salaries in a post about creating an overview of job postings, now we’re going to dig into even more details by using Lumeer’s pivot table view.

You may already be familiar with pivot table from Excel or other tools. The main feature which makes it different from classical table is that it’s not collection of records (rows). Instead, it summarizes information from that classical table and does it by calculating values of aggregation functions in every cell. Probably the best way to understand the idea of pivot table is to see an example, and we’ll show you one in a moment.

We start with a table showing job postings and hiring manager linked to them (we have already learned how to create such a table). Let’s switch the view from table to pivot table.




A window with pivot table settings shows up. Lumeer automatically adjust those settings for you based on available information - the first table (Postings) forms the rows, the second (Employees) forms the columns. Features of classical tables, such as sorting or filtering, are present in pivot table, too. The question we are going to answer is: “How much money is needed for salaries for each job posting title linked to each hiring manager?”



Without much effort, we have a beautiful pivot table! Rows are grouped by job titles, columns are grouped by hiring managers and the actual values displayed in table cells are aggregations, in our case sums and counts of salaries. What’s more, total values for every column and every row are also displayed, because we checked Show totals option in the settings.



Pivot table is useful in many situations and displaying summarisation of salaries is just one of them. However, there are also other views of data which may come handy to you. Have a look at calendar or map view and see how you can quickly view and manipulate your data with Lumeer.

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