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Testing Laboratories

SIC 8734 | NAICS 541380

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Laboratory Testing Services  (view report)
Water & Air Quality Testing Services  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth 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:

  • Market size, product segments, and major markets
  • Key statistics, market trends, and external drivers
  • Operating conditions and current performance
  • Competitive landscape and environment
  • Major company profiles and market shares
  • Five-year outlook and revenue forecast

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.

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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 includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:

  • Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

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.

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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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Business Valuation Resources

Business Valuation Resources, LLC
DealStats® - Private and Public Company Transaction Data  Select "Guest Search" to view data by industry

Interactive database provides detailed transaction data for over 38,000 private and public companies sold for prices ranging from under $250,000 to over $500,000,000, with valuation measures provided including market value of invested capital as a multiple of revenue, gross profit, EBIT, EBITDA, SDE, and book value of invested capital. User guide, free webinar, and sample reports are available online.

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