SQL MAX Function

By: Kris Wenzel   |   Updated: March 6, 2022  
Works With: Summarizing Data

The SQL MAX function returns the largest value within a table or group. In this section, we’ll use the HumanResource.Employee table for our examples: 

Data used for SQL MAX example

Using the data above, MAX calculates the largest SickLeaveHours amount for the entire table: 

When used with GROUP BY, MAX returns the largest value within a group. You can see this in this query showing the maximum SickLeaveHours by JobTitle: 

Additional SQL MAX Resources  

To learn more, check out these useful resources: 

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