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
54 Food Stores
5411 Grocery Stores
541100 Grocery stores
54110000 Grocery stores
541101 Supermarkets
54110100 Supermarkets
54110101 Supermarkets, chain
54110102 Supermarkets, greater than 100,000 square feet (hypermarket)
54110103 Supermarkets, independent
54110104 Supermarkets, 55,000 - 65,000 square feet (superstore)
54110105 Supermarkets, 66,000 - 99,000 square feet
541102 Convenience stores
54110200 Convenience stores
54110201 Convenience stores, chain
54110202 Convenience stores, independent
541199 Grocery stores, nec
54119901 Cooperative food stores
54119902 Delicatessen stores
54119903 Frozen food and freezer plans, except meat
54119904 Grocery stores, chain
54119905 Grocery stores, independent
5421 Meat and Fish Markets
542100 Meat and fish markets
54210000 Meat and fish markets
542101 Fish and seafood markets
54210100 Fish and seafood markets
54210101 Fish markets
54210102 Seafood markets
542102 Meat markets, including freezer provisioners
54210200 Meat markets, including freezer provisioners
54210201 Food and freezer plans, meat
54210202 Freezer provisioners, meat
5431 Fruit and Vegetable Markets
543100 Fruit and vegetable markets
54310000 Fruit and vegetable markets
543199 Fruit and vegetable markets, nec
54319901 Fruit stands or markets
54319902 Vegetable stands or markets
5441 Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores
544100 Candy, nut, and confectionery stores
54410000 Candy, nut, and confectionery stores
544199 Candy, nut, and confectionery stores, nec
54419901 Candy
54419902 Confectionery
54419903 Confectionery produced for direct sale on the premises
54419904 Nuts
54419905 Popcorn, including caramel corn
5451 Dairy Products Stores
545100 Dairy products stores
54510000 Dairy products stores
545199 Dairy products stores, nec
54519901 Butter
54519902 Cheese
54519903 Ice cream (packaged)
54519904 Milk
5461 Retail Bakeries
546100 Retail bakeries
54610000 Retail bakeries
546199 Retail bakeries, nec
54619901 Bagels
54619902 Bread
54619903 Cakes
54619904 Cookies
54619905 Doughnuts
54619906 Pastries
54619907 Pies
54619908 Pretzels
5499 Miscellaneous Food Stores
549900 Miscellaneous food stores
54990000 Miscellaneous food stores
549901 Health and dietetic food stores
54990100 Health and dietetic food stores
54990101 Dietetic foods
54990102 Health foods
54990103 Vitamin food stores
549902 Beverage stores
54990200 Beverage stores
54990201 Coffee
54990202 Juices, fruit or vegetable
54990203 Soft drinks
54990204 Tea
54990205 Water: distilled mineral or spring
549999 Miscellaneous food stores, nec
54999901 Dried fruit
54999902 Eggs and poultry
54999903 Food gift baskets
54999904 Gourmet food stores
54999905 Spices and herbs

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. )