Distribution of Regular Members in Income Categories


Regular Members in Income Categories in 2001 and 2010
 (in current dollars and percents)

Category of Income 2001 2010
Under $20,000
10.9 8.8
$20,000 - 29,000
10.1 9.9
$30,000 - $39,000
15.6 8.8
$40,000 - 54,000
26.9 19.6
$55,000 - $69,999
13.9 16.4
$70,000 and over
22.7 36.5
Total 100.0% 100.0%
(N) 6,537 7,337

Summary:  The percentage of regular members reporting gross annual earnings of $70,000 or more (the highest income category) increased from about 23 percent in 2001 to 37 percent in 2010.  The lowest two income categories remained fairly stable. The most substantial decline was among members reporting earnings between $30,000 and $54,999 (the middle income categories), declining from 43 percent in 2001 to 28 percent in 2010.  The upward trend in the income categories that members report is not as great as it might seem, since these figures are in current rather than constant dollars. Previous research briefs show the relative stability of faculty salaries when calculated in constant rather than current dollars (see our research briefs on faculty salaries).

Source: ASA Membership Database, 2001 and 2010