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
10 Metal Mining
1011 Iron Ores
101100 Iron ores
10110000 Iron ores
101101 Iron ore mining
10110100 Iron ore mining
10110101 Open pit iron ore mining, nec
10110102 Open pit taconite mining
10110103 Underground iron ore mining
101102 Iron ore preparation
10110200 Iron ore preparation
10110201 Iron ore beneficiating
10110202 Iron ore pelletizing
10110203 Iron ore sintering at the mine
1021 Copper Ores
102100 Copper ores
10210000 Copper ores
102101 Copper ore mining and preparation
10210100 Copper ore mining and preparation
10210101 Copper ore milling and preparation
10210102 Open pit copper ore mining
10210103 Underground copper ore mining
1031 Lead and Zinc Ores
103100 Lead and zinc ores
10310000 Lead and zinc ores
103101 Lead ores mining
10310100 Lead ores mining
10310101 Cerussite mining
10310102 Galena mining
103102 Zinc ores mining
10310200 Zinc ores mining
10310201 Calamine mining
10310202 Smithsonite mining
10310203 Willemite mining
10310204 Zinc-blende (sphalerite) mining
1041 Gold Ores
104100 Gold ores
10410000 Gold ores
104101 Gold ores mining
10410100 Gold ores mining
10410101 Open pit gold mining
10410102 Placer gold mining
10410103 Underground gold mining
104102 Gold ores processing
10410200 Gold ores processing
10410201 Gold bullion production
10410202 Gold ore milling
10410203 Gold recovery from tailings
1044 Silver Ores
104400 Silver ores
10440000 Silver ores
104401 Silver ores mining
10440100 Silver ores mining
10440101 Open pit silver mining
10440102 Placer silver mining
10440103 Underground silver mining
104402 Silver ores processing
10440200 Silver ores processing
10440201 Silver bullion production
10440202 Silver ore milling
10440203 Silver recovery from tailings
1061 Ferroalloy Ores, Except Vanadium
106100 Ferroalloy ores, except vanadium
10610000 Ferroalloy ores, except vanadium
106101 Chromium ores mining
10610100 Chromium ores mining
106102 Manganese ores mining
10610200 Manganese ores mining
10610201 Manganite mining
106103 Molybdenum ores mining
10610300 Molybdenum ores mining
10610302 Molybdite mining
106104 Tungsten ores mining
10610400 Tungsten ores mining
106199 Ferroalloy ores, except vanadium, nec
10619901 Cobalt ore mining
10619902 Columbite mining
10619905 Nickel ore mining
1081 Metal Mining Services
108100 Metal mining services
10810000 Metal mining services
108101 Metal mining exploration and development services
10810100 Metal mining exploration and development services
10810101 Exploration, metal mining
10810102 Mine development, metal
10810103 Preparing shafts or tunnels, metal mining
10810104 Test boring, metal mining
108199 Metal mining services, nec
10819901 Draining or pumping of metal mines
10819902 Overburden removal, metal mining
1094 Uranium-radium-vanadium Ores
109400 Uranium-radium-vanadium ores
10940000 Uranium-radium-vanadium ores
109499 Uranium-radium-vanadium ores, nec
10949903 Radium ore mining, nec
10949905 Uranium ore mining, nec
10949906 Vanadium ore mining, nec
1099 Metal Ores, Nec
109900 Metal ores, nec
10990000 Metal ores, nec
109901 Aluminum and beryllium ores mining
10990100 Aluminum and beryllium ores mining
10990101 Aluminum ore mining
10990102 Bauxite mining
10990104 Beryllium ore mining
109902 Palladium group ores mining
10990200 Palladium group ores mining
10990202 Ruthenium ore mining
109903 Platinum group ores mining
10990300 Platinum group ores mining
109904 Rare-earth ores mining
10990400 Rare-earth ores mining
109905 Titanium and zirconium ores mining
10990502 Titaniferous-magnetite mining
10990503 Titanium ore mining
10990504 Zirconium ore mining
109999 Metal ores, nec, nec
10999901 Antimony ore mining
10999904 Mercury ore mining

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. )