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Plumbing & HVAC Contractors – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 1711  |  NAICS 238220

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

See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Plumbing Contractors  (view report)
Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors  (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.

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.

TMB Publishing Inc.
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.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Contractors  Search for "238220" 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
Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Contractors  Search for "238220" 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
Plumbing / Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors
(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

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.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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