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Architectural Services – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 8712  |  NAICS 541310

This free online 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

Industry Research Reports
Architectural Services  (view report)
Interior Design Services  (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 report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Hanley Wood Media, Inc.
Architect Magazine

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for commercial and institutional architectural professionals, with topics covered in the magazine including industry trends, market intelligence, and business and technology solutions, and special features including summary highlights and data from practice management and compensation surveys conducted by the American Institute of Architects.

American Institute of Architects
Resources available from this organization include:

Architecture Billings Index
Monthly survey of architectural firm principals and partners provides information on current business conditions, with measures covered by the survey including design contracts, inquires, and billings on a national, regional, and sector basis for the last 12 months, with an index score of 50 representing no change and scores above or below 50 indicating an increase or decline from the previous month.

Consensus Construction Forecast
Semiannual report provides forecasts for various segments of the construction industry by leading construction forecasters, with organizations participating in these forecasts including Dodge Data & Analytics, IHS Economics, Moody's, FMI, Construct Connect, Associated Builders & Contractors, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. Current and prior forecasts are available free online.

The Business of Architecture: AIA Firm Survey Report
Practice management survey examines trends in the changing practice of architecture and includes benchmarks and best practices for all areas of business operations, with topics covered in individual chapters of this publication including business profile and staff characteristics, firm billings and billing methods, construction sectors served, project management and delivery, and international business.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Architectural Services  Search for "541310" 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.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Architectural Services  Search for "541310" 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 statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Architectural Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

ZweigWhite, LLC
Financial Performance Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms

Annual financial survey allows users to compare their firm's financial and operating performance with other firms in terms of revenue and expenses, chargeability, revenue factor, overhead rates, average collection period, project backlog, and staff turnover, with detailed breakdowns of data provided by firm type, staff size, region in which headquarters is located, revenue growth rate, and client base.

PSMJ Resources, Inc.
PSMJ A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey

Annual financial benchmarking report provides detailed comparative data on income and expenses, balance sheet items, labor overhead expenses, business development costs, staff ratios, and other nonfinancial measures for architectural and engineering firms, with financial information broken out by peer group based on firm size, type of firm, geographic location, client type, and market sector.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Institute of Architects
AIA Compensation Survey / Salary Calculator

Compensation survey provides base pay and additional cash compensation data for architectural firm employees, with compensation data broken out by firm size based on annual revenue and number of employees on a national, regional, state, and metro area basis. Free salary calculator which provides compensation data for selected jobs by location revenue and geographic region is available online.

ZweigWhite, LLC
Principals, Partners & Owners Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms

Compensation section of this survey provides comparative data on salaries, bonuses, overtime pay, shareholder distributions, and total compensation for principals, partners, and owners by age, gender, ownership percentage, firm type (architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting), number of employees, region in which headquarters is located, revenue growth rate, and firm profit.

PSMJ Resources, Inc.
PSMJ A/E Management Compensation Benchmark Survey

Annual compensation and benefits survey provides base salary, bonus, and total compensation data for eighteen management positions and also includes information on projected salary increases and bonuses for the year ahead, with job positions covered in the survey including chief executive officer, chief operating officer, senior vice president, chief financial officer, controller, and business manager.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

ZweigWhite, LLC
Valuation Survey of Architectural, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms

Annual valuation survey based on over 200 actual valuations provides six different valuation measures (e.g., TIC value per employee, TIC value/revenue, TIC value/backlog, TIC value/EBITDA, equity value/ profit and equity value/book value) for these firms in a comparative format by staff size, firm type, year founded, region of headquarters, growth rate, reason for valuation, and party conducting the valuation.

BVR Guides & Books
What It's Worth: Architecture and Engineering Firm Value

BVR special report provides insights into how to value architecture and engineering firms, with topics addressed including how 'two-legged' assets drive value in professional service firms, risks factors to consider in valuing an A/E firm, tips on using the market approach, financial performance norms, A/E firm valuation multiples, and rules of thumb for pricing firms. Table of contents is available free online.

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