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Association members are happier and wealthier than non-members

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The report, conducted by Dr. Arthur C. Brooks of Syracuse University, reviews the relationship between association membership and member income and job satisfaction.

Key findings include:

  • Association members earn, on average, $US10,000 ($10,899) more per year than non-members, even if they have the same education levels and job types
  • Association members are 19 per cent more likely to say they are “very satisfied” with their jobs than are non-members
  • 45 per cent of association members said they were “very happy” about their lives compared to only 36 per cent of non-members who gave this response.

The William E. Smith Institute hopes that associations will be able to use the information in the report to educate potential members and employers on the value of association membership.

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