SIC Codes - Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes

What is a SIC Code ?

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes are four digit numerical codes assigned by the U.S. government to business establishments to identify the primary business of the establishment. The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is a system for classifying industries by a four-digit code. Established in the United States in 1937, it is used by government agencies to classify industry areas. The classification was developed to facilitate the collection, presentation and analysis of data; and to promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies and private organizations. The classification covers all economic activities.

The SIC system arrays the economy into 11 divisions, that are divided into 83 2-digit major groups, that are further subdivided into 416 3-digit industry groups, and finally disaggregated into 1,005 4-digit industries. In the United States the SIC code is being supplanted by the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS code), which was released in 1997; however certain government departments and agencies, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), still use the SIC codes.

The SIC system is also used by agencies in other countries, e.g., by the United Kingdom's Companies House.

SIC Code Title
09 Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
0912 Finfish
091200 Finfish
09120000 Finfish
091299 Finfish, nec
09129901 Bluefish, catching of
09129902 Cod, catching of
09129903 Eels, catching of
09129904 Haddock, catching of
09129905 Mackerel, catching of
09129906 Menhaden, catching of
09129908 Pollack, catching of
09129909 Rays, catching of
09129910 Salmon, catching of
09129911 Sea herring, catching of
09129912 Shark, catching of
09129913 Tuna, catching of
09129914 Whiting, catching of
0913 Shellfish
091300 Shellfish
09130000 Shellfish
091301 Digging of shellfish
09130100 Digging of shellfish
09130101 Clams, digging of
09130102 Mussells, taking of
09130103 Oyster beds
09130104 Oysters, dredging or tonging of
091302 Catching of shellfish
09130200 Catching of shellfish
09130201 Crabs, catching of
09130202 Crayfish, catching of
09130203 Lobsters, catching of
09130204 Shrimp, catching of
09130205 Squid, catching of
0919 Miscellaneous Marine Products
091900 Miscellaneous marine products
09190000 Miscellaneous marine products
091901 Whale fishing and whale products
09190100 Whale fishing and whale products
09190101 Whale fishing
09190102 Whale meat production
09190103 Whale oil production, crude
091999 Miscellaneous marine products, nec
09199901 Cultured pearl production
09199902 Frogs, catching of
09199903 Oyster shells, dredging
09199904 Sea urchins, catching of
09199905 Seal hunting
09199906 Seaweed, gathering of
09199907 Sponges, gathering of
09199908 Terrapins, catching of
09199909 Turtles, catching of
0921 Fish Hatcheries and Preserves
092100 Fish hatcheries and preserves
09210000 Fish hatcheries and preserves
092199 Fish hatcheries and preserves, nec
09219901 Fish hatcheries
09219902 Fishing preserves
0971 Hunting, Trapping, Game Propagation
097100 Hunting, trapping, game propagation
09710000 Hunting, trapping, game propagation
097101 Game services
09710100 Game services
09710101 Game management
09710102 Game preserve
09710103 Game propagation
09710104 Game retreat
097102 Hunting services
09710200 Hunting services
09710201 Hunting preserve
09710202 Hunting, commercial
097199 Hunting, trapping, game propagation, nec
09719901 Animal hunting and trapping, commercial
09719902 Wildlife management

What are SIC Codes used for?

  • The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) uses SIC codes when sorting company filings.
  • Companies that operate in a certain industry use a specific SIC code when filing with the SEC so that the type of business is properly identified.
  • Identifying government contracts by their SIC description.
  • To facilitate the collection, presentation, and analysis of data.
  • To promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies, and private organizations.

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Why are SIC Codes important?

  • Your SIC code is often asked for on various applications and forms.
  • SIC Codes organize industries utilizing a numerical system that defines a business according to its highest revenue source at a particular location.
  • SIC Codes allow the gathering and analysis of data quickly and efficiently.
  • By identifying your company’s SIC Code, eligibility for government contracts may be realized.
  • To identify competitors, public and private.

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How to Read a SIC Code ?

For Example :

Division 20-39 Manufacturing
Major Group 25 Furniture and Fixtures
Industry Group 25 Office Furniture
Industry 2521 Wood Office Furniture

The first two digits of the code identify the major industry group, the third digit identifies the industry group and the fourth digit identifies the industry.

( Note: The digit "9" is used in the third or fourth digit position of the classification code to designate miscellaneous industries not elsewhere classified (NEC). These miscellaneous classifications are not comprised of homogeneous primary activity groups. They are grouped together and treated as a separate industry in order to retain the homogeneity of the other industries in the group. )