How many members does Netflix have?

Shares of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) recently pulled back after the company said its member growth was lower than expected. But this shouldn't trick investors into thinking Netflix is having a problem growing its member base. Indeed, the company is adding more members on a trailing-12-month basis than ever before -- and it's doing this while rolling out price increases.

Thanks to the 26 million streaming members Netflix has added over the past 12 months, Netflix's global member count has swelled to an impressive 130 million members. Of these members, 124 million are paid memberships -- up from 99 million at this time last year. Strong growth rates in Netflix's members recently suggest there's plenty of upside left for this key metric.

Here's a breakdown of Netflix's members as of the end of the company's most recent quarter, as well as what to expect from member growth in the coming years.

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Google

Average annual bonus: $32,478

Average sign-on bonus: $27,547

Average annual base salary: $136,000

Netflix

Average annual bonus: $0

Average sign-on bonus: $3,520

Average annual base salary: $206,000

Twitter

Average annual bonus: $120

Average sign-on bonus: $26,144

Average annual base salary: $149,000

Apple

Average annual bonus: $20,298

Average sign-on bonus: $27,201

Average annual base salary: $102,000

Facebook

Average annual bonus: $33,225

Average sign-on bonus: $45,708

Average annual base salary: $145,000

Oculus VR

Average annual bonus: $395

Average sign-on bonus: $6,926

Average annual base salary: $119,000

Amazon

Average annual bonus: $24,732

Average sign-on bonus: $41,340

Average annual base salary: $118,000

Square

Average annual bonus: $988

Average sign-on bonus: $17,996

Average annual base salary: $134,000

Uber

Average annual bonus: $31,633

Average sign-on bonus: $1,807

Average annual base salary: $117,000

Pinterest 

Average annual bonus: $4,374

Average sign-on bonus: $33,376

Average annual base salary: $151,000

Tesla

Average annual bonus: $4,779

Average sign-on bonus: $19,447

Average annual base salary: $105,000

UnitedHealth Group

Average annual bonus: $7,280

Average sign-on bonus: $118

Average annual base salary: $87,000

Snap Inc.

Average annual bonus: $10,588

Average sign-on bonus: $23,705

Average annual base salary: $127,000

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Average annual bonus: $10,756

Average sign-on bonus: $8,265

Average annual base salary: $131,000

CSRA

Average annual bonus: $13,732

Average sign-on bonus: $1,186

Average annual base salary: $100,000

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Capital One

Average annual bonus: $15,114

Average sign-on bonus: $8,568

Average annual base salary: $107,000

Fitbit

Average annual bonus: $18,069

Average sign-on bonus: $25,459

Average annual base salary: $128,000

Pandora

Average annual bonus: $22,316

Average sign-on bonus: $18,886

Average annual base salary: $109,000

Microsoft 

Average annual bonus: $23,224

Average sign-on bonus: $20,191

Average annual base salary: $179,000

Airbnb

Average annual bonus: $23,250

Average sign-on bonus: $23,250

Average annual base salary: $124,000

Arista Networks

Average annual bonus: $27,497

Average sign-on bonus: $18,652

Average annual base salary: $151,000

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Linkedin

Average annual bonus: $32,216

Average sign-on bonus: $25,418

Average annual base salary: $149,000

Dropbox

Average annual bonus: $32,707

Average sign-on bonus: $32,833

Average annual base salary: $144,000

VMware

Average annual bonus: $33,145

Average sign-on bonus: $18,851

Average annual base salary: $147,000

Salesforce

Average annual bonus: $39,959

Average sign-on bonus: $28,314

Average annual base salary: $142,000

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U.S. members

The U.S. is undoubtedly Netflix's most important market. Though international streaming members surpassed U.S. streaming members for the first time last year, the U.S. market's contribution profit more than doubles the contribution profit from all of Netflix's international market's combined. In Netflix's second quarter of 2018, for instance, the company's U.S. contribution profit was $740 million. In the same period, Netflix's international contribution profit was $298 million. And a similar trend is expected to persist in Q3, with management guiding for U.S. and international contribution profits for the period of $730 million and $290 million, respectively.

With Netflix's U.S. market accounting for such a significant portion of the company's contribution profit, it makes sense that investors are always watching to see whether or not the market is showing signs of saturation. Fortunately, Netflix's U.S. members are still growing nicely. Sure, second-quarter U.S. member additions of 670,000 were down from 1.07 million additions in the year-ago quarter, but Netflix's 2.63 million new U.S. members in the first six months of 2018 were actually higher than the 2.07 million members the company added in the first six months of 2017.

Overall, Netflix boasts about 58 million streaming members in the U.S., of which 56 million are paid memberships.

International members

The U.S. may be Netflix's biggest contributor to the company's bottom line, but it's Netflix's international segment that's driving the bulk of the streaming-TV company's growth. Not only did Netflix's international streaming members climb an incredible 40% year over year in Q2, but its international segment swung from a contribution loss of $13 million in the year-ago quarter to a contribution profit of $298 million in the second quarter of 2018. And Netflix expects more strong growth in the key metric in Q3, with management guiding for an international contribution profit of $290 million -- up from $62 million in the third quarter of 2017.

In total, Netflix has about 72 million streaming members internationally. About 68 million of those members are paying users.

Looking ahead

Despite increasing competition in the streaming TV space recently, Netflix continues to grow its members at strong rates. And Netflix's recent strong growth suggests more of the same is on the horizon throughout 2018 and beyond.

Sure, Netflix's member growth will undoubtedly slow over time. But there's still plenty of runway left. In the company's next quarter alone, management expects to add another five million members -- in line with its member additions in the third quarter of 2017. In addition, Netflix said in its long-term update on its business earlier this year that it believes members in the U.S. could rise as high as 90 million over the long haul. And while it's more difficult to forecast the upside for Netflix's international market, the 21 million members Netflix added internationally over the last 12 months suggest there's huge room for growth abroad.

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