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Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Contractors

SIC 1711 | NAICS 238220

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

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Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

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

Penton Media
Contractor Magazine

Monthly trade journal features news and information for mechanical contractors, with special features including the January "Forecast" issue which includes plumbing and hydronics industry forecasts and the May "Book of Giants" issue which ranks the top 100 U.S. firms by total revenue and also includes rankings by region and type of work and a breakdown of revenue by type of work for the top 50 firms.

Plumbing & HVAC Contractors

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

TMB Publishing
PHC News

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for plumbing and mechanical contractors, with special features including the April "State of the Contractor" issue which provides information on firm demographics, annual revenue, service specialization, industry trends in the residential, commercial, and industrial markets, social media and technology usage, and most successful recruiting methods.

BNP Media
Publications available from this organization include:

Plumbing & Mechanical
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for plumbing and mechanical contractors, with market sectors covered including plumbing, mechanical systems, and hydronics and special features including "Pipe Trades Giants" which ranks the top 75 firms by pipe trades revenues and also includes top 10 rankings by revenue category and a breakdown of pipe trades revenue by category for all firms.

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News
Weekly newsmagazine features news and information for HVACR contractors, with special features including the March "HVAC: State of the Industry" issue which analyzes current business conditions and expectations for the year ahead from a manufacturer, distributor, and contractor standpoint and includes links to additional articles on this topic available from trade associations and research firms.

Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association, Inc.
Contractor Comfort Index

Monthly ACCA report measures participating members' attitudes toward short-term economic growth based on how they view current business activities, new business prospects, and anticipated staffing decisions over the short-term future, with a weighted-average index of 50 or more reflecting expected growth. The index is issued as a press release prior to the start of each month and is available online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Contractors  Search for "238220"

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

First Research
Plumbing and HVAC Contractors

Financial information section provides common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial ratios by company size for companies that install and service plumbing, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, with leading companies in this sector including Comfort Systems USA, Inc., EMCOR Group, Inc., American Residential Services, LLC, and TDIndustries, Inc.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Technician Compensation & Benefits: A Benchmarking Guide for HVACR Contractors  Select "Industry Statistics & Data" category

Compensation survey provides base salary, overtime, bonus, and commission information for HVACR technicians, with compensation data broken out by annual company sales, number of employees, and geographic region, and also includes information on compensation practices, types of benefits offered to full-time technicians, and company and employee contributions to healthcare and retirement plans.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by in this service sector, with job categories covered in the survey including plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters who install and service pipelines, pipe systems, and fittings, fixtures, and equipment and HVACR service technicians who install and service heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.

PayScale, Inc.
Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Contractor

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions such as master plumber, journeyman plumber, service manager, and service technician, with employers for which compensation data is provided including Comfort Systems USA, Johnson Controls, Ingersoll- Rand, Roto-Rooter, Mr. Rooter, ARS/Rescue Rooter, The Trane Company, and Service Experts.

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