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Highway, Road & Bridge Construction – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 1611  |  NAICS 237310

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

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Highway & Road Construction  (view report)
Bridge & Elevated Highway Construction  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Scranton Gillette Communications
Roads & Bridges Magazine

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for contractors, engineers, and government officials, with special features including the "State of the Industry" report published in the December issue which provides a summary of survey responses concerning current business conditions and expectations for the year ahead. Articles from current and archived issues are available free online.

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

Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs section provides an overview of the U.S. transportation system network and includes links to additional detailed documents. Topics covered in this section including size and composition of the U.S. transportation system network, current condition of roads and bridges on a national and state basis, construction and repair costs, federal and state funding sources, and environmental issues.

Quarterly Conditions Survey
Quarterly survey provides information on current market conditions and the expected outlook for the year ahead based on a survey of contractor members, with topics addressed in the report including work performed, employment, backlog, capital spending, profit margins, wage and salaries, cost of materials, capacity, delays, and shortages. Survey results are available to participating contractors.

Annual Forecast
Annual forecast provides market analyses and forecasts for the transportation construction industry by transportation mode (e.g., highways and streets, bridges and tunnels, railroad, subway, and light rail transit, airport terminals and runways, and ports and waterways), with information provided on a state-by-state basis including investment outlook and program revenue sources and expenditures.

U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile
Comprehensive report quantifies the impact of the industry on the national and state economies, with information provided for each state including transportation network profile, value of freight shipments by type of product and transport mode, tax revenues generated and direct employment supported by industry activities, miles driven by type of trip, how residents get to work, and daily commuting times.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction Contractors  Search for "2373" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction Contractors  Search for "2373" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Highway & Road / Bridge & Elevated Highway Construction
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Road & Transportation Builders Association
U.S. Salary & Hourly Wage Guide

Annual compensation survey provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for industry personnel on a national and state basis for over 100 job positions, with occupational groups covered by the survey including management, office and administrative support, architectural and engineering, construction and extraction, and transportation and material moving. Survey is available to ARTBA members only.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this sector (e.g., operating engineers, heavy and paving equipment operators, and structural iron and steel workers) by contractors that construct, maintain, and repair highways, streets, and roads, elevated highways and bridges, public sidewalks and walkways, airport runways, and private driveways and parking facilities.

PayScale, Inc.
Highway, Street, and Bridge / Heavy Civil Engineering Construction / heavy-civil-engineering

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for selected positions in this sector such as project manager, civil engineer, structural engineer, job foreman, crane operator, and heavy equipment operator, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc., Bechtel Corporation, Skanska USA Civil, Inc., and Granite Construction Company.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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