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Testing Laboratories – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 8734  |  NAICS 541380

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

Laboratory Testing Services  (view report)
Water & Air Quality Testing 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 industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

American Council of Independent Laboratories
ACIL Industrial and Environmental Laboratory Survey

Quarterly laboratory survey provides information on lab testing volume and revenue growth, staffing level growth, consumables and equipment spending trends, consumables and equipment budgets, future analytical equipment purchases, pricing per test trends, and primary consumables suppliers. Quarterly survey data is available to ACIL members only; sample survey can be viewed free online.

Environmental Business International, Inc.
Environmental Testing & Analytical Services

Comprehensive research report provides in-depth analysis of this service sector, with topics covered in the report including overview of environmental lab services, annual trend review, market segments by client type, sample media, and service offered, competitive structure of the industry, technological developments, operational management and success factors, and merger and acquisition activities.

TMR Research
Environmental Testing Market

Market research study analyzes the global market for this service sector, with information provided in the study including historical and forecast market size in U.S. dollars by type of sample (e.g., soil, air, water, and wastewater/effluent), contaminant (e.g., microbiological, organic, heavy metals, residues, and solids), technology (e.g., conventional, rapid), global region, and major countries within a region.

GIA Research
Testing Laboratories

Comprehensive report provides detailed analysis of the market for analytical laboratory services in the U.S. and selected other countries, with topics covered in the report including industry overview, market analysis for selected market sectors (e.g., food, nondestructive, calibration, and forensics), competitive environment, major company profiles, and historical and forecast sales in U.S. dollars.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides 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.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Testing Laboratories  Search for "541380" to see reports for specific types of laboratories
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 reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

American Council of Independent Laboratories
ACIL Financial Management Survey

Financial management benchmarking survey provides key financial operating ratios that can be used to compare an organization's financial performance with other independent laboratory facilities based on company size (e.g., annual revenue, number of employees, and total square feet), type, and cost structure. Survey results are available to ACIL members; contact membership for more information.

Laboratory Testing Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income 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

PayScale, Inc.
Testing Laboratory

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for selected job positions such as lab manager, lab supervisor, chemist, microbiologist, mechanical engineer, test engineer, lab technologist, and lab assistant, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including SGS North America Inc. (SGS SA), Eurofins Scientific, Inc., Intertek USA, Inc., and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

PQNDT (Personnel for Quality and Nondestructive Testing)
Salary & Benefits Survey: Laboratories

Annual salary survey for the nondestructive testing industry provides compensation and benefits data for full-time and contractor laboratory personnel, with average full-time employee compensation data reported by type of certification (e.g., Level I, Level II, Level III, CWI inspector, and API inspector) and contractor data including average hourly rate, overtime hours per week, and weeks per assignment.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Testing Laboratories

Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by companies in this sector that are primarily engaged in performing analytical testing services (e.g., assaying, acoustic, vibration, biological, calibration, electrical, electronic, mechanical, geotechnical, thermal, and nondestructive) in a controlled laboratory environment or on-site at a physical location.

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