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PostgreSQL - SUM() function example

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In this article, we would like to show you how to use SUM() function in PostgreSQL.

Quick solution:

SELECT SUM("column_name") FROM "table_name";

Practical example 

To show how the SUM() function works, we will use the following table:

PostgreSQL - example data used with SUM() function
PostgreSQL - example data used with SUM() function

Note:

At the end of this article you can find database preparation SQL queries.

Example

In this example, we will display the sum of values in salary column.

Query:

SELECT SUM("salary") FROM "users";

Output:

PostgreSQL - SUM() function result
PostgreSQL - SUM() function result

 

Database preparation

create_tables.sql file:

CREATE TABLE "users" (
	"id" SERIAL,
	"name" VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
	"surname" VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
	"department_id" INTEGER,
    "salary" DECIMAL(15,2) NOT NULL,
	PRIMARY KEY ("id")
);

insert_data.sql file:

INSERT INTO "users"
	( "name", "surname", "department_id", "salary")
VALUES
	('John', 'Stewart', 1, '3512.00'),
	('Chris', 'Brown', 2, '1344.00'),
	('Kate', 'Lewis', 3, '6574.00'),
	('Ailisa', 'Gomez', NULL, '6500.00'),
	('Gwendolyn', 'James', 2, '4200.00'),
	('Simon', 'Collins', 4, '3320.00'),
	('Taylor', 'Martin', 2, '1500.00'),
	('Andrew', 'Thompson', NULL, '2100.00');

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