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
48 Communications
4812 Radiotelephone Communication
481200 Radiotelephone communication
48120000 Radiotelephone communication
481299 Radiotelephone communication, nec
48129901 Cellular telephone services
48129902 Paging services
48129903 Radio pager (beeper) communication services
4813 Telephone Communication, Except Radio
481300 Telephone communication, except radio
48130000 Telephone communication, except radio
481301 Local and long distance telephone communications
48130100 Local and long distance telephone communications
48130101 Data telephone communications
48130102 Local telephone communications
48130103 Long distance telephone communications
48130104 Voice telephone communications
481302 Online service providers
48130200 Online service providers
48130201 Internet connectivity services
48130202 Internet host services
48130203 Proprietary online service networks
48130204 Web search portals
481399 Telephone communication, except radio, nec
48139901 Telephone cable service, land or submarine
48139902 Wire telephone
48139903 Telephone/video communications
48139904 Telephone communications broker
4822 Telegraph and Other Communications
482200 Telegraph and other communications
48220000 Telegraph and other communications
482201 Photographic message services
48220100 Photographic message services
48220101 Photograph transmission services
48220102 Telephoto services
482202 Cable, telegram, and telex services
48220200 Cable, telegram, and telex services
48220201 Cablegram service
48220202 Mailgram services
48220203 Radio telegraph services
48220204 Telegram services
48220205 Telegraph cable services, land or submarine
48220206 Telegraph services
48220207 Teletypewriter services
48220208 Telex services
482299 Telegraph and other communications, nec
48229901 Electronic mail
48229902 Facsimile transmission services
48229903 Nonvocal message communications
48229904 Stock ticker service
48229905 Transradio press service
4832 Radio Broadcasting Stations
483200 Radio broadcasting stations
48320000 Radio broadcasting stations
483201 Radio broadcasting stations, music format
48320100 Radio broadcasting stations, music format
48320101 Big band
48320102 Classical
48320103 Contemporary
48320104 Country
48320105 Easy listening
48320106 Gospel
48320107 Jazz
48320108 Rhythm and blues
48320109 Rock
483202 Radio broadcasting stations, except music format
48320200 Radio broadcasting stations, except music format
48320201 Educational
48320202 News
48320203 Religious
48320204 Sports
48320205 Talk
483299 Radio broadcasting stations, nec
48329901 Ethnic programming
4833 Television Broadcasting Stations
483300 Television broadcasting stations
48330000 Television broadcasting stations
483399 Television broadcasting stations, nec
48339901 Television translator station
4841 Cable and Other Pay Television Services
484100 Cable and other pay television services
48410000 Cable and other pay television services
484199 Cable and other pay television services, nec
48419901 Cable television services
48419902 Closed circuit television services
48419903 Direct broadcast satellite services (DBS)
48419904 Multipoint distribution systems services (MDS)
48419905 Satellite master antenna systems services (SMATV)
48419906 Subscription television services
4899 Communication Services, Nec
489900 Communication services, nec
48990000 Communication services, nec
489999 Communication services, nec, nec
48999901 Data communication services
48999902 Missile tracking by telemetry and photography
48999903 Radar station operation
48999904 Radio broadcasting operated by cab companies
48999905 Satellite earth stations
48999906 Television antenna construction and rental
48999907 Communication signal enhancement network services

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. )