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
89 Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
8999 Services, Nec
899900 Services, nec
89990000 Services, nec
899901 Artists and artists' studios
89990100 Artists and artists' studios
89990101 Artist
89990102 Artist's studio
89990103 Sculptor's studio
89990104 Calligrapher
899902 Art related services
89990200 Art related services
89990201 Art restoration
89990202 Greeting card painting by hand
89990203 Stained glass art
899903 Commercial and literary writings
89990300 Commercial and literary writings
89990301 Advertising copy writing
89990302 Author
89990303 Ghost writing
89990304 Newspaper column writing
89990305 Writing for publication
89990306 Technical writing
899904 Song writings
89990400 Song writings
89990401 Music arranging and composing
899905 Weather related services
89990500 Weather related services
89990501 Cloud seeding
89990502 Weather forecasting
89990503 Weather modification
899906 Lecturing services
89990600 Lecturing services
89990601 Christian Science lecturers
899907 Earth science services
89990700 Earth science services
89990701 Geological consultant
89990702 Geophysical consultant
89990703 Natural resource preservation service
899908 Communication services
89990800 Communication services
89990801 Radio and television announcing
89990802 Radio commentator
899909 Scientific consulting
89990900 Scientific consulting
89990901 Chemical consultant
89990902 Entomological consultant
89990903 Nuclear consultant
89990904 Physics consultant
899910 Personal services
89991000 Personal services
89991001 Home planning
89991002 Information bureau
89991003 Psychological consultant
899999 Services, nec, nec
89999901 Actuarial consultant
89999902 Editorial service
89999903 Inventor
89999904 Search and rescue service
89999905 Technical manual preparation

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. )