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
73 Business Services
7311 Advertising Agencies
731100 Advertising agencies
73110000 Advertising agencies
731199 Advertising agencies, nec
73119901 Advertising consultant
7312 Outdoor Advertising Services
731200 Outdoor advertising services
73120000 Outdoor advertising services
731299 Outdoor advertising services, nec
73129901 Billboard advertising
73129902 Poster advertising, outdoor
7313 Radio, Television, Publisher Representatives
731300 Radio, television, publisher representatives
73130000 Radio, television, publisher representatives
731301 Electronic media advertising representatives
73130100 Electronic media advertising representatives
73130101 Radio advertising representative
73130102 Television and radio time sales
731302 Printed media advertising representatives
73130200 Printed media advertising representatives
73130201 Magazine advertising representative
73130202 Newspaper advertising representative
7319 Advertising, Nec
731900 Advertising, nec
73190000 Advertising, nec
731901 Transit advertising services
73190100 Transit advertising services
73190101 Bus card advertising
73190102 Car card advertising
73190103 Taxicab card advertising
731902 Distribution of advertising material or sample services
73190200 Distribution of advertising material or sample services
73190201 Circular and handbill distribution
73190202 Coupon distribution
73190203 Sample distribution
73190204 Shopping news, advertising and distributing service
731903 Aerial advertising services
73190300 Aerial advertising services
73190301 Sky writing
731999 Advertising, nec, nec
73199901 Display advertising service
73199902 Media buying service
73199903 Poster advertising service, except outdoor
7322 Adjustment and Collection Services
732200 Adjustment and collection services
73220000 Adjustment and collection services
732299 Adjustment and collection services, nec
73229901 Adjustment bureau, except insurance
73229902 Collection agency, except real estate
7323 Credit Reporting Services
732300 Credit reporting services
73230000 Credit reporting services
732399 Credit reporting services, nec
73239901 Commercial (mercantile) credit reporting bureau
73239902 Consumer credit reporting bureau
73239903 Credit clearinghouse
73239904 Credit investigation service
7331 Direct Mail Advertising Services
733100 Direct mail advertising services
73310000 Direct mail advertising services
733199 Direct mail advertising services, nec
73319901 Addressing service
73319902 Addressographing service
73319903 Mailing list compilers
73319904 Mailing service
73319905 Mailing list management
73319906 Mailing list brokers
7334 Photocopying and Duplicating Services
733400 Photocopying and duplicating services
73340000 Photocopying and duplicating services
733499 Photocopying and duplicating services, nec
73349901 Blueprinting service
73349902 Mimeographing
73349903 Multigraphing
73349904 Multilithing
7335 Commercial Photography
733500 Commercial photography
73350000 Commercial photography
733599 Commercial photography, nec
73359901 Aerial photography, except mapmaking
73359902 Color separation, photographic and movie film
73359903 Photographic studio, commercial
73359904 Still and slide file production
7336 Commercial Art and Graphic Design
733600 Commercial art and graphic design
73360000 Commercial art and graphic design
733601 Art design services
73360100 Art design services
73360101 Chart and graph design
73360102 Creative services to advertisers, except writers
73360103 Graphic arts and related design
73360104 Package design
73360105 Silk screen design
733602 Film strip, slide, and still film production
73360200 Film strip, slide, and still film production
73360201 Film strip and slide producer
73360202 Still film producer
733699 Commercial art and graphic design, nec
73369901 Commercial art and illustration
7338 Secretarial and Court Reporting
733800 Secretarial and court reporting
73380000 Secretarial and court reporting
733801 Formal writing services
73380100 Formal writing services
73380101 Letter writing service
73380102 Resume writing service
733802 Stenographic services
73380200 Stenographic services
73380201 Court reporting service
73380202 Public stenographers
733899 Secretarial and court reporting, nec
73389901 Editing service
73389902 Proofreading service
73389903 Secretarial and typing service
73389904 Word processing service
7342 Disinfecting and Pest Control Services
734200 Disinfecting and pest control services
73420000 Disinfecting and pest control services
734201 Disinfecting services
73420100 Disinfecting services
73420101 Disinfecting and deodorizing
73420102 Rest room cleaning service
73420103 Washroom sanitation service (industrial locations)
734202 Pest control services
73420200 Pest control services
73420201 Bird proofing
73420202 Exterminating and fumigating
73420203 Pest control in structures
73420204 Termite control
7349 Building Maintenance Services, Nec
734900 Building maintenance services, nec
73490000 Building maintenance services, nec
734901 Building and office cleaning services
73490100 Building and office cleaning services
73490101 Building cleaning service
73490102 Building maintenance, except repairs
73490103 Hospital housekeeping
73490104 Janitorial service, contract basis
73490105 Lighting maintenance service
73490106 Office cleaning or charring
73490107 School custodian, contract basis
73490108 Service station cleaning and degreasing
734902 Building component cleaning service
73490200 Building component cleaning service
73490201 Acoustical tile cleaning service
73490202 Air duct cleaning
73490203 Chimney cleaning
73490204 Floor waxing
73490205 Exhaust hood or fan cleaning
734999 Building maintenance services, nec, nec
73499901 Chemical cleaning services
73499902 Cleaning service, industrial or commercial
73499903 Maid services, contract or fee basis
73499904 Telephone booth cleaning and maintenance
73499905 Window blind cleaning
73499906 Window cleaning
7352 Medical Equipment Rental
735200 Medical equipment rental
73520000 Medical equipment rental
735299 Medical equipment rental, nec
73529901 Invalid supplies rental
7353 Heavy Construction Equipment Rental
735300 Heavy construction equipment rental
73530000 Heavy construction equipment rental
735301 Oil equipment rental services
73530100 Oil equipment rental services
73530101 Oil field equipment, rental or leasing
73530102 Oil well drilling equipment, rental or leasing
735399 Heavy construction equipment rental, nec
73539901 Cranes and aerial lift equipment, rental or leasing
73539902 Earth moving equipment, rental or leasing
7359 Equipment Rental and Leasing, Nec
735900 Equipment rental and leasing, nec
73590000 Equipment rental and leasing, nec
735901 Home cleaning and maintenance equipment rental services
73590100 Home cleaning and maintenance equipment rental services
73590101 Carpet and upholstery cleaning equipment rental
73590102 Floor maintenance equipment rental
73590103 Laundry equipment leasing
735902 Coin-operated machine rental services
73590200 Coin-operated machine rental services
73590201 Coin-operated video game rental
73590202 Vending machine rental
735903 Pallet rental services
73590300 Pallet rental services
73590301 Pallet box rental
735904 Aircraft and industrial truck rental services
73590400 Aircraft and industrial truck rental services
73590401 Aircraft rental
73590402 Industrial truck rental
735905 Business machine and electronic equipment rental services
73590500 Business machine and electronic equipment rental services
73590501 Audio-visual equipment and supply rental
73590502 Electronic equipment rental, except computers
73590503 Geophysical equipment rental
73590504 Mobile communication equipment rental
73590505 Office machine rental, except computers
73590506 Sound and lighting equipment rental
735906 Party supplies rental services
73590600 Party supplies rental services
73590601 Dishes, silverware, tables, and banquet accessories rental
735907 Home appliance, furniture, and entertainment rental services
73590700 Home appliance, furniture, and entertainment rental services
73590701 Appliance rental
73590702 Furniture rental
73590703 Home entertainment equipment rental
73590704 Hot tub and spa rental
73590705 Television rental
73590706 Video cassette recorder and accessory rental
735908 Animal and plant rental services
73590800 Animal and plant rental services
73590801 Animal rental
73590802 Live plant rental
735909 Musical instrument rental services
73590900 Musical instrument rental services
73590901 Piano rental
735999 Equipment rental and leasing, nec, nec
73599901 Garage facility and tool rental
73599902 Lawn and garden equipment rental
73599903 Photographic equipment rental
73599904 Portable toilet rental
73599905 Propane equipment rental
73599906 Rental store, general
73599907 Shipping container leasing
73599908 Sign rental
73599909 Stores and yards equipment rental
73599910 Tent and tarpaulin rental
73599911 Tool rental
73599912 Work zone traffic equipment (flags, cones, barrels, etc.)
7361 Employment Agencies
736100 Employment agencies
73610000 Employment agencies
736101 Placement agencies
73610100 Placement agencies
73610101 Executive placement
73610102 Labor contractors (employment agency)
73610103 Ship crew agency
73610104 Teachers' agency
736102 Registries
73610200 Registries
73610201 Chauffeur registry
73610202 Maid registry
73610203 Model registry
73610204 Nurses' registry
7363 Help Supply Services
736300 Help supply services
73630000 Help supply services
736301 Labor resource services
73630100 Labor resource services
73630101 Employee leasing service
73630102 Manpower pools
73630103 Temporary help service
736399 Help supply services, nec
73639901 Chauffeur service
73639902 Domestic help service
73639903 Engineering help service
73639904 Industrial help service
73639905 Medical help service
73639906 Modeling service
73639907 Office help supply service
73639908 Pilot service, aviation
73639909 Truck driver services
73639910 Usher service
73639911 Boat crew service
7371 Custom Computer Programming Services
737100 Custom computer programming services
73710000 Custom computer programming services
737101 Custom computer programming services
73710100 Custom computer programming services
73710101 Computer software systems analysis and design, custom
737102 Computer software writing services
73710200 Computer software writing services
73710201 Computer code authors
73710202 Computer software writers, freelance
737103 Computer software development and applications
73710300 Computer software development and applications
73710301 Computer software development
73710302 Software programming applications
7372 Prepackaged Software
737200 Prepackaged software
73720000 Prepackaged software
737299 Prepackaged software, nec
73729901 Application computer software
73729902 Business oriented computer software
73729903 Educational computer software
73729904 Home entertainment computer software
73729905 Operating systems computer software
73729906 Publisher's computer software
73729907 Utility computer software
73729908 Word processing computer software
7373 Computer Integrated Systems Design
737300 Computer integrated systems design
73730000 Computer integrated systems design
737301 Systems software development services
73730100 Systems software development services
73730101 Computer systems analysis and design
73730102 Systems engineering, computer related
737302 Systems integration services
73730200 Systems integration services
73730201 Local area network (LAN) systems integrator
73730202 Office computer automation systems integration
737303 Computer system selling services
73730300 Computer system selling services
73730301 Turnkey vendors, computer systems
73730302 Value-added resellers, computer systems
737304 Computer-aided system services
73730400 Computer-aided system services
73730401 Computer-aided design (CAD) systems service
73730402 Computer-aided engineering (CAE) systems service
73730403 Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems service
7374 Data Processing and Preparation
737400 Data processing and preparation
73740000 Data processing and preparation
737401 Computer processing services
73740100 Computer processing services
73740101 Calculating service (computer)
73740102 Computer graphics service
73740103 Computer time-sharing
73740104 Service bureau, computer
737499 Data processing and preparation, nec
73749901 Data entry service
73749902 Data processing service
73749903 Data verification service
73749904 Keypunch service
73749905 Optical scanning data service
73749906 Tabulating service
7375 Information Retrieval Services
737500 Information retrieval services
73750000 Information retrieval services
737599 Information retrieval services, nec
73759901 Data base information retrieval
73759902 On-line data base information retrieval
73759903 Remote data base information retrieval
7376 Computer Facilities Management
737600 Computer facilities management
73760000 Computer facilities management
7377 Computer Rental and Leasing
737700 Computer rental and leasing
73770000 Computer rental and leasing
737799 Computer rental and leasing, nec
73779901 Computer hardware rental or leasing, except finance leasing
73779902 Computer peripheral equipment rental and leasing
7378 Computer Maintenance and Repair
737800 Computer maintenance and repair
73780000 Computer maintenance and repair
737899 Computer maintenance and repair, nec
73789901 Computer and data processing equipment repair/maintenance
73789902 Computer peripheral equipment repair and maintenance
7379 Computer Related Services, Nec
737900 Computer related services, nec
73790000 Computer related services, nec
737901 Computer related maintenance services
73790100 Computer related maintenance services
73790101 Disk and diskette conversion service
73790102 Disk and diskette recertification service
73790103 Tape recertification service
73790104 Word processing equipment maintenance
73790105 Computer data escrow service
737902 Computer related consulting services
73790200 Computer related consulting services
73790201 Computer hardware requirements analysis
73790202 Data processing consultant
73790203 Online services technology consultants
737999 Diskette duplication Service
73799901 Diskette duplicating service
7381 Detective and Armored Car Services
738100 Detective and armored car services
73810000 Detective and armored car services
738101 Guard services
73810100 Guard services
73810101 Armored car services
73810102 Burglary protection service
73810103 Guard dog rental
73810104 Protective services, guard
73810105 Security guard service
738102 Detective services
73810200 Detective services
73810201 Detective agency
73810202 Fingerprint service
73810203 Lie detection service
73810204 Private investigator
7382 Security Systems Services
738200 Security systems services
73820000 Security systems services
738299 Security systems services, nec
73829901 Burglar alarm maintenance and monitoring
73829902 Fire alarm maintenance and monitoring
73829903 Protective devices, security
73829904 Confinement surveillance systems maintenance and monitoring
7383 News Syndicates
738300 News syndicates
73830000 News syndicates
738399 News syndicates, nec
73839901 News correspondents, independent
73839902 News feature syndicate
73839903 News pictures, gathering and distributing
73839904 News reporting services for newspapers and periodicals
73839905 News ticker service
73839906 Press service
7384 Photofinish Laboratories
738400 Photofinish laboratories
73840000 Photofinish laboratories
738401 Photographic services
73840100 Photographic services
73840101 Photofinishing laboratory
73840102 Photograph developing and retouching
73840103 Photograph enlarging
738402 Film developing services
73840200 Film developing services
73840201 Film developing and printing
73840202 Film processing and finishing laboratory
73840203 Home movies, developing and processing
7389 Business Services, Nec
738900 Business services, nec
73890000 Business services, nec
738901 Personal service agents, brokers, and bureaus
73890100 Personal service agents, brokers, and bureaus
73890101 Artists' agents and brokers
73890102 Authors' agents and brokers
73890103 Brokers, contract services
73890104 Lecture bureau
73890105 Playwrights' brokers
73890106 Speakers' bureau
738902 Inspection and testing services
73890200 Inspection and testing services
73890201 Air pollution measuring service
73890202 Athletic equipment inspection service
73890203 Building inspection service
73890204 Commodities sampling
73890205 Commodity inspection
73890206 Cotton sampling and inspection service
73890207 Industrial and commercial equipment inspection service
73890208 Petroleum refinery inspection service
73890209 Pipeline and power line inspection service
73890210 Safety inspection service
73890211 Sewer inspection service
738903 Advertising, promotional, and trade show services
73890300 Advertising, promotional, and trade show services
73890301 Convention and show services
73890302 Coupon redemption service
73890303 Demonstration service
73890304 Embroidery advertising
73890305 Exhibit construction by industrial contractors
73890306 Field audits, cable television
73890307 Mannequin decorating service
73890308 Promoters of shows and exhibitions
73890309 Trade show arrangement
73890310 Trading stamp promotion and redemption
73890311 Window trimming service
738904 Textile and apparel services
73890400 Textile and apparel services
73890401 Apparel designers, commercial
73890402 Apparel pressing service
73890403 Batik work
73890404 Cloth cutting, bolting, or winding
73890405 Corset representatives, fitting only
73890406 Hand painting, textile
73890407 Hosiery pairing
73890408 Rug binding
73890409 Styling of fashions, apparel, furniture, textiles, etc.
73890410 Styling, wigs
73890411 Textile designers
73890412 Textile folding and packing services
73890413 Textiles, sponging or shrinking
738905 Reservation services
73890500 Reservation services
73890501 Accomodation locating services
73890502 Hotel and motel reservation service
73890503 Restaurant reservation service
738906 Interior design services
73890600 Interior design services
73890601 Decoration service for special events
73890602 Interior designer
73890603 Interior decorating
738907 Finishing services
73890700 Finishing services
73890701 Bathroom fixture reglazing
73890702 Furniture finishing
73890703 Laminating service
738908 Mapmaking services
73890800 Mapmaking services
73890801 Mapmaking or drafting, including aerial
73890802 Photogrammatic mapping
738909 Financial services
73890900 Financial services
73890901 Charge account service
73890902 Check validation service
73890903 Credit card service
738910 Telephone services
73891000 Telephone services
73891001 Telephone answering service
73891002 Correct time service
73891003 Switchboard operation, private branch exchanges
73891004 Teleconferencing services
73891005 Telemarketing services
73891006 Telephone directory distribution, contract or fee basis
73891007 Telephone solicitation service
73891008 Pay telephone network
738911 Music and broadcasting services
73891100 Music and broadcasting services
73891101 Music copying service
73891102 Music distribution systems
73891103 Radio broadcasting music checkers
73891104 Radio transcription service
73891105 Recording studio, noncommercial records
73891106 Music recording producer
73891107 Audio cassette duplication services
738912 Packaging and labeling services
73891200 Packaging and labeling services
73891201 Labeling bottles, cans, cartons, etc.
73891202 Mounting merchandise on cards
738913 Legal and tax services
73891300 Legal and tax services
73891301 Arbitration and conciliation service
73891302 Bail bonding
73891303 Bondsperson
73891304 Copyright protection service
73891305 Drawback service, customs
73891306 Notary publics
73891307 Paralegal service
73891308 Patent brokers
73891309 Process serving service
73891310 Repossession service
73891311 Tax collection agency
73891312 Tax title dealers
738914 Auction, appraisal, and exchange services
73891400 Auction, appraisal, and exchange services
73891401 Appraisers, except real estate
73891402 Auctioneers, fee basis
73891403 Barter exchange
73891404 Bottle exchange
73891405 Bottle sorting
73891406 Flea market
73891407 Merchandise liquidators
73891408 Time-share condominium exchange
738915 Lettering and sign painting services
73891500 Lettering and sign painting services
73891501 Lettering service
73891502 Show card and poster painting
73891503 Sign painting and lettering shop
738916 Mailing and messenger services
73891600 Mailing and messenger services
73891601 Courier or messenger service
73891602 Florist telegraph service
73891603 Mailbox rental and related service
73891604 Post office contract stations
73891605 Presorted mail service
738917 Brokers' services
73891700 Brokers' services
73891701 Brokers, business: buying and selling business enterprises
73891702 Fish broker
73891703 Log and lumber broker
73891704 Photography brokers
73891705 Yacht brokers
73891706 Printing broker
738918 Design services
73891800 Design services
73891801 Design, commercial and industrial
73891802 Hand tool designers
73891803 Shoe designers
738919 Metal cutting services
73891900 Metal cutting services
73891901 Metal slitting and shearing
73891902 Scrap steel cutting
738999 Business services, nec, nec
73899901 Automobile recovery service
73899902 Balloons, novelty and toy
73899903 Bronzing, baby shoes
73899904 Building scale models
73899905 Child restraint seat, automotive: rental
73899906 Coffee service
73899907 Contractors' disbursement control
73899908 Cosmetic kits, assembling and packaging
73899909 Crane and aerial lift service
73899910 Divers, commercial
73899911 Document and office record destruction
73899912 Document embossing
73899913 Drafting service, except temporary help
73899914 Drive-a-way automobile service
73899915 Engraving service
73899916 Engrossing: diplomas, resolutions, etc.
73899917 Field warehousing
73899918 Filling pressure containers
73899919 Fire extinguisher servicing
73899920 Fire protection service other than forestry or public
73899921 Flagging service (traffic control)
73899922 Float decoration
73899923 Fund raising organizations
73899924 Gas system conversion
73899925 Grinding, precision: commercial or industrial
73899926 Handwriting analysis
73899927 Human skeleton preparation
73899928 Ice surface maintenance: hockey, curling, etc.
73899929 Inventory computing service
73899930 Marine reporting
73899931 Meter readers, remote
73899932 Microfilm recording and developing service
73899933 Office facilities and secretarial service rental
73899934 Patrol of electric transmission or gas lines
73899935 Personal investigation service
73899936 Photographic library service
73899937 Pilot car escort service
73899938 Plant care service
73899939 Press clipping service
73899940 Printed circuitry graphic layout
73899941 Product sterilization service
73899942 Purchasing service
73899943 Racetrack cleaning, except buildings
73899944 Relocation service
73899945 Salvaging of damaged merchandise, service only
73899946 Sewing contractor
73899947 Solvents recovery service
73899948 Swimming pool and hot tub service and maintenance
73899949 Tape slitting
73899950 Tobacco sheeting service
73899951 Tombstone engraving
73899952 Tourist information bureau
73899953 Translation services
73899954 Water softener service
73899955 Weighing, food and commodity
73899956 Welcoming services
73899957 Aquarium design and maintenance
73899958 Subscription fulfillment services: magazine, newspaper, etc.
73899959 Explosives recovery or extraction services
73899960 Estimating service, construction
73899961 Aquatic weed maintenance
73899962 Printers' services: folding, collating, etc.
73899963 Bicycle assembly service
73899964 Product endorsement service
73899965 Inventory stocking service
73899966 Document storage service
73899967 Tenant screening service
73899999 Business services at non-commercial site

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. )