The United States of America is the top country by primary income payments in the world. As of 2015, primary income payments in the United States of America was 600,532 million current US$ that accounts for 16.52 % of the world's primary income payments. The top 5 countries (others are China, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg) account for 44.23 % of it. The world's total primary income payments was estimated at 3,635,254 million current US$ in 2015.
Income payments refer to employee compensation paid to nonresident workers and investment income (payments on direct investment, portfolio investment, other investments). Income derived from the use of intangible assets is excluded.