Top 5 Manufacturing NAICS Codes in Government Contracting

Sectors 31-33 encompass manufacturing in the North American Industry Classification System manual. This is one of the most diverse and vast sectors of the economy. Pretty much, it accounts for basically everything that’s made. From breakfast cereal to spacecraft, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Here, you will find out which industries Uncle Sam obligated the most dollars for the fiscal year of 2017. Even if your industry didn’t make this list, the runners-up were in the billions and hundreds of millions range.

What are NAICS codes? They’re numbers used as a quick reference to display the general products or services an entity provides. The government will assign the appropriate NAICS codes with every opportunity they post. Here are just a few of the most-in-demand NAICS codes for manufacturing in the federal marketplace.

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5. 334511: Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing

Total Obligations in 2017: $12,338,071,041

Description: This industry includes the manufacturing of radars, radar detectors, compasses (gyroscopic and magnetic), horizon instrumentation, fish finders, navigation sensors, and black boxes.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 1,250 employees


 4. 336413: Other Aircraft Part and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing

Total Obligations in 2017: $13,964,696,621

Description: Some of the items that this industry produces includes aircraft propellers, brakes, inflight fueling tanks, and crop dusters.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 1,250 employees


3. 336414: Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing

Total Obligations in 2017: $14,190,190,526

Description: Simply, the complete manufacturing and prototyping of guided missiles as well as spacecraft.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 1,250 employees


2. 336611: Ship Building and Repairing

Total Obligations in 2017: $18,451,961,235

Description: This NAICS code covers the manufacturing of passenger ships, barges, submarines, and drilling platforms.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 1,250 employees


1. 336411: Aircraft Manufacturing

Total Obligations in 2017: $54,505,946,417

Description: From developing prototypes, making heavy modifications, and periodic restorations, this industry covers it all.

SBA Size Standard ≤ 1,500 employees

Getting Assistance

As your entity grows, there might be more NAICS codes that apply to your services. Staying up-to-date on your capabilities can open many doors when working with the federal government. For assistance updating your NAICS codes on SAM, or SAM registration contact US Federal Contractor Registration.

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