It's popular to vilify the oil companies for the price of gas, and there have been several threads here about strikes and such recently. Everybody from Hillary on down is jumping on the bandwagon. Today our newspaper published this enlightening break-down of where the money goes when you buy gas: 72% is the price of crude. 12% federal and state taxes 8% refiners 8% retailers Average profit per $4 gallon of gas for the oil company: 10 cents. Average profit per $4 gallon of gas for retailers: 10 cents. Average profit per $4 gallon of gas for government: 48 cents. Average profit margin for $4/gallon gas for oil companies: 2.5% Exxon/Mobile and etc. have been posting huge profits because they're huge companies, not because they have huge profit margins. Most of the profit from oil is going to the producing countries and our own government. The oil companies and retailers are tied for a distant third.