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General Contractors and Construction Companies

SIC 1500 | NAICS 236200

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

Select from the following sections or scroll below to view available resources:

Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Construction Contractors  (view reports by type of contractor)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Information resources available from this organization include:

The U.S. Markets Construction Overview
Annual publication provides a comprehensive overview of issues and trends affecting the construction industry and includes a trend analysis and forecast for each market sector. Publication is supplemented quarterly by "FMI's Construction Outlook".

FMI's Construction Outlook
Quarterly publication includes an analysis of the economy and its impact on the construction industry and provides a trend analysis and forecast for each market sector. Current and prior issues can be viewed free online with registration.

First Research

Commercial and Heavy Construction Contractors
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

IRS Audit Technique Guides
Construction Industry
IRS audit guide contents include an overview of the industry and its business practices with primary focus on accounting and tax issues. Publication is available free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
General Contractors  Search for "2362"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Construction Financial Management Association
CFMA Financial Survey
Annual financial benchmarking survey provides income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios by contractor category (e.g., all companies, industrial and nonresidential, heavy and highway, and specialty trade), with survey results for each category broken out by annual sales volume, geographic region, and "Best in Class" financial performance (top 25 percent based on five key financial performance indicators).

Compensation Surveys

PAS, Inc.
Annual Compensation Surveys
PAS publishes several compensation and benefits surveys for the construction industry, with job positions covered including executive, management, professional, technical, and support personnel. Compensation and benefits data is broken out by contractor type, construction type, annual sales volume, geographic region, and other selected criteria.

ERI Economic Research Institute
Building Construction Salary Survey
Annual publication provides compensation data from ERI Assessor®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel on a national and regional level. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions are accessible online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Construction Managers
Construction Trades and Related Workers
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

Business Valuation Resources

CCH Business Valuation Guide
Chapter 28 - General Contractors and Specialty Subcontractor Issues
Hawkins, Paschall, CCH, annual
Comprehensive loose-leaf practice aid includes sections on general engagement, considerations, gathering and analyzing information, income, market, and cost approaches, discounts and premiums, appraisal reports, and special types of valuations. Chapter 28 addresses specific issues and factors to be considered in performing valuations for general contractors and specialty subcontractors.

Small Business Valuation Multiples

General Building Contractors - Nonresidential

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.