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
57 Home Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment Stores
5712 Furniture Stores
571200 Furniture stores
57120000 Furniture stores
571201 Beds and accessories
57120100 Beds and accessories
57120101 Bedding and bedsprings
57120102 Mattresses
57120103 Waterbeds and accessories
571202 Customized furniture and cabinets
57120200 Customized furniture and cabinets
57120201 Cabinet work, custom
57120202 Custom made furniture, except cabinets
571299 Furniture stores, nec
57129901 Bar fixtures, equipment and supplies
57129902 Cabinets, except custom made: kitchen
57129903 Juvenile furniture
57129904 Office furniture
57129905 Outdoor and garden furniture
57129906 Unfinished furniture
5713 Floor Covering Stores
571300 Floor covering stores
57130000 Floor covering stores
571399 Floor covering stores, nec
57139901 Carpets
57139902 Floor tile
57139903 Linoleum
57139904 Rugs
57139905 Vinyl floor covering
5714 Drapery and Upholstery Stores
571400 Drapery and upholstery stores
57140000 Drapery and upholstery stores
571499 Drapery and upholstery stores, nec
57149901 Curtains
57149902 Draperies
57149903 Slip covers
57149904 Upholstery materials
5719 Miscellaneous Homefurnishings
571900 Miscellaneous homefurnishings
57190000 Miscellaneous homefurnishings
571901 Kitchenware
57190100 Kitchenware
57190101 Aluminumware
57190102 China
57190103 Cookware, except aluminum
57190104 Crockery
57190105 Cutlery
57190106 Enamelware
57190107 Glassware
57190108 Metalware
57190109 Tinware
57190110 Barbeque grills
571902 Lighting, lamps, and accessories
57190200 Lighting, lamps, and accessories
57190201 Lamps and lamp shades
57190202 Lighting fixtures
571903 Fireplaces and wood burning stoves
57190300 Fireplaces and wood burning stoves
57190301 Fireplace equipment and accessories
57190302 Wood burning stoves
57190303 Coal burning stoves
571904 Window furnishings
57190400 Window furnishings
57190401 Venetian blinds
57190402 Vertical blinds
57190403 Window shades, nec
571905 Beddings and linens
57190500 Beddings and linens
57190501 Bedding (sheets, blankets, spreads, and pillows)
57190502 Linens
571906 Pictures and mirrors
57190600 Pictures and mirrors
57190601 Mirrors
57190602 Pictures, wall
571999 Miscellaneous homefurnishings stores, nec
57199901 Bath accessories
57199902 Brooms
57199903 Brushes
57199904 Closet organizers and shelving units
57199905 Housewares, nec
57199906 Pottery
57199907 Towels
57199908 Wicker, rattan, or reed home furnishings
5722 Household Appliance Stores
572200 Household appliance stores
57220000 Household appliance stores
572201 Gas household appliances
57220100 Gas household appliances
57220101 Gas ranges
572202 Electric household appliances
57220200 Electric household appliances
57220201 Air conditioning room units, self-contained
57220202 Electric household appliances, major
57220203 Electric household appliances, small
57220204 Electric ranges
57220205 Fans, electric
57220206 Garbage disposals
57220207 Microwave ovens
57220208 Vacuum cleaners
572299 Household appliance stores, nec
57229901 Appliance parts
57229902 Kitchens, complete (sinks, cabinets, etc.)
57229903 Sewing machines
57229904 Stoves, household, nec
57229905 Suntanning equipment and supplies
57229906 Kerosene heaters
5731 Radio, Television, and Electronic Stores
573100 Radio, television, and electronic stores
57310000 Radio, television, and electronic stores
573101 Antennas
57310100 Antennas
57310101 Antennas, satellite dish
573102 Video cameras, recorders, and accessories
57310200 Video cameras, recorders, and accessories
57310201 Video cameras and accessories
57310202 Video recorders, players, disc players, and accessories
57310203 Video tapes, blank
573199 Radio, television, and electronic stores, nec
57319901 Automotive sound equipment
57319902 Consumer electronic equipment, nec
57319903 High fidelity stereo equipment
57319904 Marine radios and radar equipment
57319905 Phonographs
57319906 Radios, receiver type
57319907 Radios, two-way, citizens band, weather, short-wave, etc.
57319908 Tape recorders and players
57319909 Television sets
57319910 Metal detectors
5734 Computer and Software Stores
573400 Computer and software stores
57340000 Computer and software stores
573401 Computer peripheral equipment
57340100 Computer peripheral equipment
57340101 Modems, monitors, terminals, and disk drives: computers
57340102 Printers and plotters: computers
573402 Computer software and accessories
57340200 Computer software and accessories
57340201 Computer tapes
57340202 Magnetic disks
57340203 Software, business and non-game
57340204 Software, computer games
57340205 Word processing equipment and supplies
573499 Computer and software stores, nec
57349901 Personal computers
5735 Record and Prerecorded Tape Stores
573500 Record and prerecorded tape stores
57350000 Record and prerecorded tape stores
573501 Video discs and tapes, prerecorded
57350100 Video discs and tapes, prerecorded
57350101 Video discs, prerecorded
57350102 Video tapes, prerecorded
573502 Records, audio discs, and tapes
57350200 Records, audio discs, and tapes
57350201 Audio tapes, prerecorded
57350202 Compact discs
57350203 Records
5736 Musical Instrument Stores
573600 Musical instrument stores
57360000 Musical instrument stores
573601 Keyboard instruments
57360100 Keyboard instruments
57360101 Organs
57360102 Pianos
573699 Musical instrument stores, nec
57369901 Band instruments
57369902 Brass instruments
57369903 Drums and related percussion instruments
57369904 Sheet music
57369905 String instruments
57369906 Wind instruments

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. )