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Highway, Road, and Bridge Construction Contractors

SIC 1611 | NAICS 237310

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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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

Scranton Gillette Communications
Roads & Bridges Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for contractors, engineers, and government officials, with special features including the annual "State of the Industry" report (December issue) which provides a summary of current conditions and expectations for the year ahead based on a survey conducted by R&B magazine. Selected articles from current and archived issues of the magazine are available free online.

First Research

Highway, Street, and Bridge 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

American Road & Transportation Builders Association
Information resources available from this organization include:

"Frequently Asked Questions" section provides an overview of the U.S. transportation system, with topics covered including current condition of roads and bridges, construction and repair costs, federal and state funding sources, employment and wages, and environmental issues. All information is available free online.

Quarterly Market Conditions Survey
Quarterly report provides information on current market conditions and the expected outlook for the year ahead based on a survey of highway, airport, and bridge contractors, with topics covered in the report including work performed, employment, backlog, capital spending, profit margins, and more. Survey results are available to any contractors who participate in the survey; survey form can be downloaded free online.

Annual Industry Forecast
Annual industry forecast provides in-depth market analysis and forecasts for the transportation construction industry by transportation mode (e.g., highways and roads, bridges and tunnels, parking lots, airport runways and terminals, ports and waterways, and urban transit and railroads), with information provided for each mode including an analysis of market trends and risk factors and the expected outlook on a state-by-state basis.

SBI Research
The U.S. Road, Bridge & Tunnel Construction Market
Market research study provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. road, bridge, and tunnel construction market, with topics covered in the study including U.S. road system overview, transportation infrastructure spending, funding sources, market drivers and barriers, construction costs, and forecasts by market segment (e.g., roads, bridges, and tunnels). Summary abstract and detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction Contractors  Search for "2373"
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

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wages - Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Annual wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this sector (e.g., paving equipment operators, operating engineers, construction equipment operators, and structural iron and steel workers) on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median, and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. All information is available free online.

ERI Economic Research Institute
Heavy Construction Salary Survey
Annual salary survey provides compensation data from ERI AssessorĀ®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel employed by highway, street, bridge, and utility systems contractors, with survey results available 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.

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