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
91 Executive, Legislative & General Government, Except Finance
9111 Executive Offices
911100 Executive offices
91110000 Executive offices
911101 Executive offices, national
91110100 Executive offices, national
91110101 Executive advisory commission
91110102 Presidents' office
911102 Executive offices, state and local
91110200 Executive offices, state and local
91110201 City and town managers' office
91110202 County supervisors' and executives' office
91110203 Governors' office
91110204 Mayors' office
911104 Executive offices, level of government
91110400 Executive offices, level of government
91110401 Executive offices, Federal government
91110402 Executive offices, State government
91110403 Executive offices, County government
91110404 Executive offices, Local government
9121 Legislative Bodies
912100 Legislative bodies
91210000 Legislative bodies
912101 Legislative bodies, national
91210100 Legislative bodies, national
91210101 Congress
91210102 Legislative advisory commission
91210103 Legislative assembly
91210104 Legislative study commission
912102 Legislative bodies, state and local
91210200 Legislative bodies, state and local
91210201 Board of supervisors
91210202 City council
91210203 County commissioner
91210204 Town council
912104 Legislative bodies, level of government
91210400 Legislative bodies, level of government
91210401 Legislative bodies, Federal government
91210402 Legislative bodies, State government
91210403 Legislative bodies, County government
91210404 Legislative bodies, Local government
9131 Executive and Legislative Combined
913100 Executive and legislative combined
91310000 Executive and legislative combined
913104 Executive and legislative combined, level of government
91310400 Executive and legislative combined, level of government
91310401 Executive and legislative offices combined, federal govt
91310402 Executive and legislative offices combined, state government
91310403 Executive and legislative offices combined, County government
91310404 Executive and legislative offices combined, Local government
913199 Executive and legislative combined, nec
91319901 Indian Reservation
9199 General Government, Nec
919900 General government, nec
91990000 General government, nec
919901 General government administration
91990100 General government administration
91990101 General accounting office, government
91990102 Personnel agency, government
91990103 Purchasing agency, government
91990104 Supply agency, government
919904 General government, level of government
91990400 General government, level of government
91990401 General government, Federal government
91990402 General government, State government
91990403 General government, County government
91990404 General government, Local government
919999 General government, nec, nec
91999901 Civil rights commission, government
91999902 Civil service commission, government
 

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. )