04 August 2011

Gettin' Paid

As is, who's getting paid what in the association world?

Association TRENDS has recently released their annual association compensation report, both nationally and for the DC Metro area. They are both things you have to purchase, but I was fortunate to get a free copy of the executive summary.

Among the findings:

  • Associations provide salary increases for merit/performance, cost of living, tenure, and combinations of the above. In DC, the biggest increases were reported for the combination of cost of living + tenure, with cost of living + merit close behind. Nationally, the biggest increase came from merit + tenure, with cost of living + tenure close behind. 
  • Average increases ran just over 7% in DC and just over 6% nationally. Given that everyone is considering cost of living, that's not so surprising. 
  • Salaries in the DC area were higher than the national average for every position and every level considered. Again, given that the cost of living around here is so high, that's probably not that surprising, either. 
  • Breaking down DC/MD/VA, salaries paid actually in the District were higher across the board. MD came in second in mar/comm and admin, with VA coming in second in finance and executive management.
If you deal with compensation issues, buying the full report is probably a good investment. If you don't and are just curious, let me know, and I'll hook you up with my connection for the executive summary.

1 comment:

David M. Patt, CAE said...

The association salary surveys are great - Association Forum of Chicagoland publishes one annually.

But keep in mind that reported salary levels are probably higher than what is actually being paid.

People at the lower end often don't submit the forms - often because they don't care or they don't want to admit how little they earn.