2018 R & D Intensity by Industry Sector

Industry Sector

R & D
Intensity %

R & D
Growth %

Sales Growth %

Natural Resources & Materials 1.2 1.7 3.6
Oil, Gas & Chemicals 1.1 1.9 3.5
Consumer Products 1.5 1.7 2.6
Health Care 15.5 6.7 4.8
Retail 4.2 16.9 10.8
Financial Services 0.8 8.2 4.9
Electronics & Scientific Instruments 9.8 6.2 5.9
Computers & Software 11.3 8.4 6.8
Industrial Equipment & Furnishings 4.2 2.6 2.4
Transportation & Travel 4.1 3.7 3.2
Services except Healthcare 4.3 6.7 6.8
Construction & Real Estate 2.0 2.2 -1.9
Communication Products & Services 2.9 5.4 2.9
Wholesale 0.1 5.8 8.4
All sectors combined 4.5 6.0 4.4
R&D Intensity is the ratio of R&D spending to Sales, expressed as a percentage.

The source of the above data is U.S. Sourcebook of R & D Spenders, a directory of publicly owned corporations that spend on R&D. Corporate name, address, telephone number and website are provided along with the names and titles of three senior executives. R&D budgets, sales, fiscal year closing, and more. Organized by state and ZIP code. The ideal reference for sales people who call on R&D centers and for economic development agencies. Published June 2018.