Phosphoglycerate mutase (PGM) is a key enzyme in carbohydrate metabolism. It takes part in both glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. PGM from pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus (NCTC8325) was cloned in pQE30 expression vector overexpressed in Escherichia coli M15 (pREP4) cells and purified to homogeneity. The protein was crystallized from two different conditions, (i) 0.1 M HEPES pH 7.5, 20%(w/v) polyethylene glycol 10 000 and (ii) 0.2 M NaCl, 0.1 M bis-tris pH 6.5, 25%(w/v) polyethylene glycol 3350, at 25°C by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. Crystals grown at pH 7.5 diffracted to 2.5 Å resolution and belonged to the orthorhombic space group P212 12, with unit-cell parameters a = 77.0, b = 86.11, c = 94.07 Å. Crystals from the second condition at pH 6.5 diffracted to 2.00 Å resolution. These crystals belonged to the orthorhombic space group P2 12121, with unit-cell parameters a = 73.21, b = 81.75, c = 89.18 Å. X-ray diffraction data have been collected and processed to the maximum resolution to determine the structure of PGM. The structure has been solved by molecular replacement and structure refinement is now in progress. © 2014 International Union of Crystallography. All rights reserved.