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2017 Association Salary & Benefits Study

National & Washington results - Two reports in one!

How does your organization compare in the employment market? This survey was conducted in concert with the Association Societies Alliance and includes data from over 1,315 organizations from 32 states and 23 in Washington.  This study is an important tool that supports your compliance with the IRS Governance, Management and Disclosure section of Form 990.

The report includes:

  •     Compensation information for 35 job classifications
  •     Washington-specific data for each position
  •     National summary and state-by-state comparisons
  •     Results broken down by budget range, local/state/national and association type
  •     Retirement, insurance and health benefits, including staff and CEO-specific data
  •     Includes mean and median, prior year and current year, as well as the 25th and 75th percentiles
  •     Contract conditions, performance review and bonus summaries

State Societies of Association Executives in 32states conducted compensation and benefit surveys among their executive members with Whorton Marketing & Research providing project support. This bi-annual survey was conducted among key contactsin member and select non-member organizations—6,040 senior executives (including non-members in some states) with deliverable email addresses. WM&R administered the survey during the period of February 11 through March 10, 2017 with a series of personalized emails customized for each participating societies. A total of 1,315 individuals responded with a sufficient degree of completion to be included in the final survey results, for an overall participation rate of 22%. An additional 184 survey responses that did not include compensation data were excluded from the final results. The average response rate by state was 30%.

States represented this year include: Northeast: New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  South: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma.Midwest: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Minnesota, South and South Dakota.West: Arizona, California, Washington, Colorado, and Wyoming.In Washington, 73 chief staff executives with deliverable email addresses were contacted with an emailed invitation and two reminders to non-respondents to maximize participation. A total of 23individuals responded to a sufficient degree of completionfor a response rate of 32% 


The Association Salary & Benefits Study report is provided complimentary to all WSAE members who participated in the survey.

$149: WSAE members who did not participate in the survey

$225: Non-Members