As of early August 2015, AbbVie stock pays a slightly higher dividend than average, compared to other health care stocks and to stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, according to Dividend.com. The posted annual dividend yield for AbbVie is 3.01 percent.
The average yield for health care stocks in the same time period was 2.14 percent, according to Dividend.com. The average yield for all stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 2.84 percent, based on IndexArb's calculations. Chevron had the highest yield of the Dow stocks at 4.99 percent, whereas Visa had the lowest yield at 0.76 percent.
AbbVie pays dividends on a quarterly basis, according to Dividend.com. AbbVie has shown dividend growth for 42 years. The payout ratio is 47.9 percent.