How Your Dues Are Calculated

This web page will show you how your specific annual dues are calculated.  IEEE has never been transparent why the dues you pay may be much different then another member’s dues.  After all do you really care what other members pay in other countries.  You should at least be aware.

All IEEE members no matter where they live pay the same base dues.  In 2020 the base dues you pay are $153 US dollars.  But you know the 2020 dues you paid were more than $153.  Why is that?

Well the answer is that you pay additional surcharges on your dues called assessments. 99.9% of IEEE members are not aware that they are paying assessments over and above their basic dues.  Members are required to pay these assessments, because of where they live.

Every IEEE member pays at least one surcharge or assessment.  This one assessment may cost you an extra $2 or up to $25 depending on your IEEE Region or your country within that Region.  This fee is meant to cover the yearly operational expense budget of your IEEE Region.  The single exception is Japan in Region 10 (Asia Pacific) where members pay a single assessment of $25.  All other members in Region 10 pay only $5.  All members in Region 9 (Latin America) pay a single $4 assessment.  Regions 2 & 3 pay a Regional assessment of $2.  Regions 1 and 5 pay $5.  Regions 4 and 6 pay $3.  Region 7 pays $19; and, Region 8 pays $13.

Regions 7 and 8 can pay one extra assessment over the Regional assessment depending where you live within the Region.  EU country members in Region 8 pay an extra assessment of $5 to support IEEE/EU expenses.  All Region 7 (Canada) members pay an extra assessment, which varies from $7.66 to $22.96 depending on the Province.

All US members (Regions 1 to 6) pay 2 extra assessments.  IEEE-USA receives $47 and ABET receives $3.

All of the above assessments are defined in the IEEE ByLaws and can only be changed by a 2/3 majority of the IEEE Board of Directors.  New IEEE basic dues and assessments are published/announced on October 1 of the current year and go into effect January 1 of the next year.

Your Region Director, who is elected by all eligible Region members, is a member of the IEEE Board of Directors.  Please contact your Director to determine what direct value and benefits you receive from these extra surcharges above your basic dues.

IEEE Historic base dues and assessments by Region

Basic dues and regional assessments have been increasing from 1972 to 2019.  As each Region has grown assessments for these growing Regions applied.  It should be noted that prior to 1973 IEEE only charged members with basic dues with no assessments.

Available data on membership renewal (retention) shows that as basic member dues and regional assessments have been increasing, the overall world membership renewal rates decline accordingly.  This clearly shows that member satisfaction drops with each increase in the total membership dues.  On the Membership – Yesterday & Today page you will see that those Regions with the highest total member dues have worse membership growth performance.

Qualifications to become an IEEE member

Membership in IEEE is open to individuals who by education or experience give evidence of competence in an IEEE designated field. The designated fields are: Engineering, Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, and Law and Policy.

Other IEEE membership dues with no assessments

IEEE has additional classes of members.  These include:

  • Special Circumstance Member
  • Student Member
  • Grad Student Member
  • Electronic Member

Special Circumstance (SC) Member

SC members have the same rights and privileges as a general member.  However, they only pay 50% of the general member’s dues (including assessments) depending in which Region they live.  Those who qualify as a SC member must meet one of the following qualifications:

  1. Retired
  2. Unemployed
  3. Permanently Disabled
  4. Minimum Income (income less than $15,300)

Student Member

Student members must be registered as an electrical/electronic engineering or computer science student in an accredited university, college or community college.  Student members cannot vote in IEEE elections.

Student dues are:

  1. $25 in Regions 8, 9,10.
  2. $32 in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  3. $36 in Region 7

Grad Student Member

Grad Student members must be registered as an electrical/electronic engineering or computer science grad student in an accredited university, college or community college.  Grad students can vote in IEEE elections.

Grad Student dues are the same as Student dues.

Electronic Member

Electronic members have the same rights and privileges as general members.  They may vote in IEEE elections.  All communications is only electronic.  No hard copy publications are sent to electronic members. Electronic membership is only offered to those who live in Regions 8, 9 and 10.  An Electronic member must also certify that they earn less than $15,300/yr.  Electronic dues fall into 2 ranges depending upon your country of residence.  These ranges are:

  1. $82 to $98
  2. $33 to $47

The link below determines which countries qualify for these 2 ranges of dues.

https://www.ieee.org/membership/join/emember-countries.html

Please visit the IEEE Membership Trends page to better understand how ever increasing  member dues (plus assessments) have impacted membership and Society membership over time and by Region.  The IEEE Member Renewal Rates page provides you with a greater insight as to how IEEE historic member dues have impacted member renewals