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
27 Printing, Publishing and Allied Industries
2711 Newspapers
271100 Newspapers
27110000 Newspapers
271101 Newspapers, publishing and printing
27110100 Newspapers, publishing and printing
27110101 Commercial printing and newspaper publishing combined
27110102 Job printing and newspaper publishing combined
271199 Newspapers, nec
27119901 Newspapers: publishing only, not printed on site
2721 Periodicals
272100 Periodicals
27210000 Periodicals
272101 Periodicals, publishing only
27210100 Periodicals, publishing only
27210101 Comic books: publishing only, not printed on site
27210102 Magazines: publishing only, not printed on site
27210103 Statistical reports (periodicals): publishing only
27210104 Television schedules: publishing only, not printed on site
27210105 Trade journals: publishing only, not printed on site
272102 Periodicals, publishing and printing
27210200 Periodicals, publishing and printing
27210201 Comic books: publishing and printing
27210202 Magazines: publishing and printing
27210203 Statistical reports (periodicals): publishing and printing
27210204 Television schedules: publishing and printing
27210205 Trade journals: publishing and printing
2731 Book Publishing
273100 Book publishing
27310000 Book publishing
273101 Books, publishing only
27310100 Books, publishing only
27310101 Book clubs: publishing only, not printed on site
27310102 Book music: publishing only, not printed on site
27310103 Pamphlets: publishing only, not printed on site
27310104 Textbooks: publishing only, not printed on site
273102 Books, publishing and printing
27310200 Books, publishing and printing
27310201 Book clubs: publishing and printing
27310202 Book music: publishing and printing
27310203 Pamphlets: publishing and printing
27310204 Textbooks: publishing and printing
2732 Book Printing
273200 Book printing
27320000 Book printing
273201 Books, printing only
27320100 Books, printing only
27320101 Book music: printing only, not published on site
27320102 Pamphlets: printing only, not published on site
273202 Books, printing and binding
27320200 Books, printing and binding
27320201 Book music: printing and binding, not published on site
27320202 Pamphlets: printing and binding, not published on site
27320203 Textbooks: printing and binding, not publishing
2741 Miscellaneous Publishing
274100 Miscellaneous publishing
27410000 Miscellaneous publishing
274101 Art copy and poster publishing
27410100 Art copy and poster publishing
27410101 Art copy: publishing and printing
27410102 Art copy: publishing only, not printed on site
27410103 Posters: publishing and printing
27410104 Posters: publishing only, not printed on site
274102 Atlas, map, and guide publishing
27410200 Atlas, map, and guide publishing
27410201 Atlases: publishing and printing
27410202 Atlases: publishing only, not printed on site
27410203 Globe covers (maps): publishing and printing
27410204 Globe covers (maps): publishing only, not printed on site
27410205 Guides: publishing and printing
27410206 Guides: publishing only, not printed on site
27410207 Maps: publishing and printing
27410208 Maps: publishing only, not printed on site
274103 Telephone and other directory publishing
27410300 Telephone and other directory publishing
27410301 Directories, nec: publishing and printing
27410302 Directories, nec: publishing only, not printed on site
27410303 Directories, telephone: publishing and printing
27410304 Directories, telephone: publishing only, not printed on site
274104 Music book and sheet music publishing
27410400 Music book and sheet music publishing
27410401 Music, book: publishing and printing
27410402 Music, book: publishing only, not printed on site
27410403 Music, sheet: publishing and printing
27410404 Music, sheet: publishing only, not printed on site
274105 Newsletter publishing
27410500 Newsletter publishing
27410501 Business service newsletters: publishing and printing
27410502 Shopping news: publishing and printing
27410503 Shopping news: publishing only, not printed on site
274106 Technical manual and paper publishing
27410600 Technical manual and paper publishing
27410601 Technical manuals: publishing and printing
27410602 Technical manuals: publishing only, not printed on site
27410603 Technical papers: publishing and printing
27410604 Technical papers: publishing only, not printed on site
274199 Miscellaneous publishing, nec
27419901 Catalogs: publishing and printing
27419902 Catalogs: publishing only, not printed on site
27419903 Micropublishing
27419904 Patterns, paper: publishing and printing
27419905 Patterns, paper: publishing only, not printed on site
27419906 Racing forms and programs: publishing and printing
27419907 Racing forms and programs: publishing only, not printing
27419908 Yearbooks: publishing and printing
27419909 Internet publishing and broadcasting
2752 Commercial Printing, Lithographic
275200 Commercial printing, lithographic
27520000 Commercial printing, lithographic
275201 Offset and photolithographic printing
27520100 Offset and photolithographic printing
27520101 Offset printing
27520102 Photo-offset printing
27520103 Photolithographic printing
275202 Promotional printing, lithographic
27520200 Promotional printing, lithographic
27520201 Advertising posters, lithographed
27520202 Catalogs, lithographed
27520203 Circulars, lithographed
27520204 Coupons, lithographed
275203 Business form and card printing, lithographic
27520300 Business form and card printing, lithographic
27520301 Billheads, lithographed
27520302 Forms, business: lithographed
27520303 Visiting cards, lithographed
275204 Calendar and card printing, lithographic
27520400 Calendar and card printing, lithographic
27520401 Calendars, lithographed
27520402 Cards, lithographed
27520403 Playing cards, lithographed
27520404 Post cards, picture: lithographed
27520405 Souvenir cards, lithographed
275205 Atlas and map printing, lithographic
27520500 Atlas and map printing, lithographic
27520501 Atlases, lithographed
27520502 Maps, lithographed
275206 Poster and decal printing, lithographic
27520600 Poster and decal printing, lithographic
27520601 Decals, lithographed
27520602 Posters, lithographed
27520603 Transfers, decalcomania or dry: lithographed
275207 Tag, ticket, and schedule printing: lithographic
27520700 Tag, ticket, and schedule printing: lithographic
27520701 Schedules, transportation: lithographed
27520702 Tags, lithographed
27520703 Tickets, lithographed
275208 Wrapper and seal printing, lithographic
27520800 Wrapper and seal printing, lithographic
27520801 Seals, lithographed
27520802 Wrappers, lithographed
275209 Publication printing, lithographic
27520900 Publication printing, lithographic
27520901 Newspapers, lithographed only
27520902 Periodicals, lithographed
275299 Commercial printing, lithographic, nec
27529901 Color lithography
27529902 Fashion plates, lithographed
27529903 Letters, circular or form: lithographed
27529904 Lithographing on metal
27529905 Menus, lithographed
27529906 Planographing
27529907 Trading stamps, lithographed
2754 Commercial Printing, Gravure
275400 Commercial printing, gravure
27540000 Commercial printing, gravure
275401 Photogravure and rotogravure printing
27540100 Photogravure and rotogravure printing
27540101 Photogravure printing
27540102 Rotary photogravure printing
27540103 Rotogravure printing
275402 Business form and card printing, gravure
27540200 Business form and card printing, gravure
27540201 Forms, business: gravure printing
27540202 Visiting cards: gravure printing
275403 Calendar and card printing, except business, gravure
27540300 Calendar and card printing, except business, gravure
27540301 Calendars: gravure printing
27540302 Cards, except greeting: gravure printing
27540303 Playing cards: gravure printing
27540304 Post cards, picture: gravure printing
27540305 Souvenir cards: gravure printing
275404 Wrapper and seal printing, gravure
27540400 Wrapper and seal printing, gravure
27540401 Bread wrappers: gravure printing
27540402 Seals: gravure printing
27540403 Wrappers: gravure printing
275405 Publication printing, gravure
27540500 Publication printing, gravure
27540501 Magazines: gravure printing, not published on site
27540502 Newspapers: gravure printing, not published on site
27540503 Periodicals: gravure printing, not published on site
275406 Promotional printing, gravure
27540600 Promotional printing, gravure
27540601 Catalogs: gravure printing, not published on site
27540602 Circulars: gravure printing
27540603 Coupons: gravure printing
275407 Stationery and invitation printing, gravure
27540700 Stationery and invitation printing, gravure
27540701 Announcements: gravure printing
27540702 Envelopes: gravure printing
27540703 Invitations: gravure printing
27540704 Stationery: gravure printing
275499 Commercial printing, gravure, nec
27549901 Color printing: gravure
27549902 Directories, telephone: gravure printing, not published
27549903 Directories: gravure printing, not published on site
27549904 Facsimile letters: gravure printing
27549905 Fashion plates: gravure printing
27549906 Imprinting: gravure
27549907 Intaglio printing
27549908 Job printing: gravure
27549909 Labels: gravure printing
27549910 Letter, circular and form: gravure printing
27549911 Maps: gravure printing, not published on site
27549912 Menus: gravure printing
27549913 Music, sheet: gravure printing, not published on site
27549914 Posters: gravure printing
27549916 Security certificates: gravure printing
27549917 Stock certificates: gravure printing
27549918 Tickets: gravure printing
27549919 Trading stamps: gravure printing
2759 Commercial Printing, Nec
275900 Commercial printing, nec
27590000 Commercial printing, nec
275901 Financial note and certificate printing and engraving
27590100 Financial note and certificate printing and engraving
27590101 Bank notes: engraved
27590102 Currency: engraved
27590103 Security certificates: printing, nsk
27590104 Stock certificates: printing, nsk
275902 Card printing and engraving, except greeting
27590200 Card printing and engraving, except greeting
27590201 Playing cards: printing, nsk
27590202 Post cards, picture: printing, nsk
27590203 Visiting cards (including business): printing, nsk
275903 Promotional printing
27590300 Promotional printing
27590301 Advertising literature: printing, nsk
27590302 Catalogs: printing, nsk
27590303 Circulars: printing, nsk
27590304 Coupons: printing, nsk
275904 Publication printing
27590400 Publication printing
27590401 Magazines: printing, nsk
27590402 Newspapers: printing, nsk
27590403 Periodicals: printing, nsk
275905 Invitation and stationery printing and engraving
27590500 Invitation and stationery printing and engraving
27590501 Announcements: printing, nsk
27590502 Envelopes: printing, nsk
27590503 Invitations: printing, nsk
27590504 Stationery: printing, nsk
275906 Letterpress and screen printing
27590600 Letterpress and screen printing
27590601 Imprinting
27590602 Letterpress printing
27590603 Screen printing
275907 Bag, wrapper, and seal printing and engraving
27590700 Bag, wrapper, and seal printing and engraving
27590701 Bags, plastic: printing, nsk
27590702 Bread wrappers: printing, nsk
27590703 Labels and seals: printing, nsk
27590704 Souvenir cards: printing, nsk
27590705 Wrappers: printing, nsk
275908 Poster and decal printing and engraving
27590800 Poster and decal printing and engraving
27590801 Decals: printing, nsk
27590802 Posters, including billboards: printing, nsk
27590803 Woodcuts for use in printing illustrations, posters, etc.
275909 Schedule, ticket, and tag printing and engraving
27590900 Schedule, ticket, and tag printing and engraving
27590901 Schedules, transportation: printing, nsk
27590902 Tags: printing, nsk
27590903 Tickets: printing, nsk
275999 Commercial printing, nec, nec
27599901 Business forms: printing, nsk
27599902 Calendars: printing, nsk
27599903 Directories (except telephone): printing, nsk
27599904 Directories, telephone: printing, nsk
27599905 Embossing on paper
27599906 Engraving, nec
27599907 Facsimile letters: printing, nsk
27599908 Fashion plates: printing, nsk
27599909 Flexographic printing
27599910 Halftones: engraved
27599911 Laser printing
27599912 Maps: printing, nsk
27599913 Menus: printing, nsk
27599914 Music, sheet: printing, nsk
27599915 Plateless engraving
27599916 Ready prints
27599917 Textile printing rolls: engraving
27599918 Thermography
27599919 Trading stamps: printing, nsk
2761 Manifold Business Forms
276100 Manifold business forms
27610000 Manifold business forms
276199 Manifold business forms, nec
27619901 Autographic register forms, printed
27619902 Computer forms, manifold or continuous
27619903 Continuous forms, office and business
27619904 Fanfold forms
27619905 Strip forms (manifold business forms)
27619906 Unit sets (manifold business forms)
2771 Greeting Cards
277100 Greeting cards
27710000 Greeting cards
2782 Blankbooks and Looseleaf Binders
278200 Blankbooks and looseleaf binders
27820000 Blankbooks and looseleaf binders
278201 Ledger, inventory, and account books
27820100 Ledger, inventory, and account books
27820101 Account books
27820102 Inventory blankbooks
27820103 Ledgers and ledger sheets
27820104 Record albums
278202 Scrapbooks, albums, and diaries
27820200 Scrapbooks, albums, and diaries
27820201 Albums
27820202 Diaries
27820203 Scrapbooks
278203 Looseleaf binders and devices
27820300 Looseleaf binders and devices
27820301 Library binders, looseleaf
27820302 Looseleaf forms and fillers, pen ruled or printed only
278204 Receipt, invoice, and memorandum books
27820400 Receipt, invoice, and memorandum books
27820401 Memorandum books, printed
27820402 Receipt books
278205 Bank checkbooks and passbooks
27820500 Bank checkbooks and passbooks
27820501 Checkbooks
27820502 Passbooks: bank, etc.
278299 Blankbooks and looseleaf binders, nec
27829901 Blankbooks
27829902 Chart and graph paper, ruled
27829903 Paper ruling
27829904 Sample books
2789 Bookbinding and Related Work
278900 Bookbinding and related work
27890000 Bookbinding and related work
278901 Display mounting
27890100 Display mounting
27890101 Map mounting
27890102 Mounting of maps and samples
278902 Bronzing, gilding, edging, and deckling: books, cards, paper
27890200 Bronzing, gilding, edging, and deckling: books, cards, paper
27890202 Deckling books, cards, or paper
27890203 Edging books, cards, or paper
27890204 Gilding books, cards, or paper
27890205 Gold stamping on books
278903 Binding and repair of books, magazines, and pamphlets
27890300 Binding and repair of books, magazines, and pamphlets
27890301 Binding only: books, pamphlets, magazines, etc.
27890302 Bookbinding and repairing: trade, edition, library, etc.
27890303 Magazines, binding
27890304 Pamphlets, binding
27890305 Rebinding books, magazines, or pamphlets
27890306 Trade binding services
278999 Bookbinding and related work, nec
27899901 Beveling of cards
27899902 Paper cutting
27899903 Swatches and samples
2791 Typesetting
279100 Typesetting
27910000 Typesetting
279101 Hand composition typesetting
27910100 Hand composition typesetting
27910101 Linotype composition, for the printing trade
27910102 Monotype composition, for the printing trade
27910103 Photocomposition, for the printing trade
27910104 Typographic composition, for the printing trade
279199 Typesetting, nec
27919901 Typesetting, computer controlled
2796 Platemaking Services
279600 Platemaking services
27960000 Platemaking services
279601 Gravure platemaking services
27960100 Gravure platemaking services
27960101 Gravure printing plates or cylinders, preparation of
27960102 Plates and cylinders for rotogravure printing
279602 Engraving platemaking services
27960200 Engraving platemaking services
27960201 Engraving on copper, steel, wood, or rubber: printing plates
27960202 Photoengraving plates, linecuts or halftones
27960203 Steel line engraving, for the printing trade
279699 Platemaking services, nec
27969901 Color separations, for printing
27969902 Electrotype plates
27969903 Embossing plates, for printing
27969904 Etching on copper, steel, wood, or rubber: printing plates
27969905 Letterpress plates, preparation of
27969906 Lithographic plates, positives or negatives
27969907 Stereotype plates
 

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. )