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Association Industry Studies

GSAE works with several key partners, especially the Association Societies Alliance, to better understand the environment in which associations work, and to offer suggestions and solutions to addressing key association challenges. The following three studies are based on surveys of association professionals throughout the U.S. and Georgia.


Association Salary & Benefits Survey 2017-18- NEW

 Respondent's scope of membership  


$149 member price


The full national and state reports present detailed compensation overall by budget and staff ranges, geographic scope and membership structure, and by state. In addition to the multi-state report, you'll also receive the Georgia-specific report.Over 1300 associations reported data this year, representing 26 SAEs.


The report meets the IRS guidelines regarding third party compensation reports.  Available in PDF format. See sample.


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Association Communications Benchmarking Report 2016

This complimentary survey of more than 700 association professionals provides trends, insight and recommendations on communications and marketing for associations. Conducted in partnership with ASA and Naylor Association Solutions, this study provides actionable recommendations and will help you:

  • Break through the clutter in communications with members
  • Understand patterns and trends in how associations manage their communications
  • Compare communications department budgets for small, medium and large associations – and how resources impact priorities and decisions

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Looking Forward ©2016 - Environmental Benchmarking Scan

This survey of more than 600 associations, conducted in partnership with ASA and Association Laboratory, Inc., examines the association environment in five key areas. GSAE members can download this complimentary study,

    Bonus - There's a YouTube session courtesy of highlighting the 2016 study results and featuring Dean West, FASAE.  This session highlights key findings from the study and introduces how these factors are shaping today’s leadership environment. Watch today. Note: CAE credits are not associated with the recorded webinar.  Cut and paste the link:

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GSAE  is a member of the Association Societies Alliance (ASA), comprised of local, state and regional societies of association executives.  Our partnership allows extensive reach to the association community throughout the United States to gain a holistic view of trends within association management. (h/t CalSAE)


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