Why $100/$10

Why $100 Member Dues?

  1. IEEE Member trends clearly show:
    ◦ After 2013 increasing member dues has decreased overall membership year after year.
    ◦ After 2016 increasing member dues has decreased member revenue year after year.
    ◦ Regions with higher dues have year after year declining membership.
    ◦ Regions with the lowest dues have year after year increasing membership.
    ◦ Members who volunteer tolerate higher dues.
    ◦ Members receiving full price dues discounts tend to remain members i.e. Electronics members.
    Generally members who pay full price dues are quitting IEEE.
  2. Resetting all member dues to Region 9 & 10 levels will only benefit members in Regions 1 to 8.
  3. Currently 1 in 4 members who do not volunteer or use IEEE products or services quit IEEE because dues appear to be above members discretionary spending range.
  4. Members in Regions 1 to 8 see lower social, technical, educational and networking value compared to members in Regions 9 & 10 for dues paid.
  5. $100 dues will encourage arrears and inactive members to rejoin IEEE.
  6. $100 dues is within the range of discretionary spending.
  7. After joining, members start to question the value for the current dues they pay.
  8. $100 member dues will encourage graduating students to become members.

Why $10 Student Dues?

  1. Students typically have limited funds and look for value at reduced cost.
  2. Regions with the lowest student dues have increasing membership. Regions 8 to 10
  3. Regions with the highest student dues have declining membership.  Regions 1 to 6
  4. There are 4.1 times more IEEE non US undergrad students than IEEE US undergrad students.
  5. $10 will encourage more students to join IEEE.
  6. $10 is well within student’s discretionary spending.

$100 Dues Financial Impact On Your Section

Each year IEEE gives our Section money based on the # of members in the Section. With more members renewing & more new members joining that financial support will increase. This means our Section will have more resources to invest in local community activities, such as STEM projects for grades 1-12, undergrad projects, community awards, Section member awards. Etc.

As a non profit corporation, this is one of the major goals of IEEE.

$100 Dues Impact on Young Professionals

US Young Professionals who are now IEEE members have stated that the initial sticker shock of IEEE member dues delayed their joining IEEE for 7 to 9 years.  At that point in time their careers were stable.

Education debt repayment is also a big deterrent to joining IEEE.

Currently US Young Professionals who do join IEEE right out of school have a 20% retention rate in the 1st year and a 10% retention rate in the 2nd year.  This may also be true for all IEEE Young Professionals outside of the US.  The cost to remain an IEEE member and the perceived value received as a member is a major factor.  Current dues are clearly above the Young Professional’s discretionary spending level.

Given the choice of “buying a kitchen table” or joining IEEE, the Young Professional always buys the kitchen table.

Starting Jan. 2022 graduating students are given a one time offer to join IEEE as a member with a 50% dues discount.  For a US membership that cost would be around $104 for the 1st year and then $208 thereafter.

The $100 Plan will offer the Young Professional the ability to join IEEE for $100 year after year.

The IEEE US market share of all eligible Young Professionals ( 20 to 35 years old) is only 5.7%.  It expected that the $100 Plan will grow that market share to over 10%.

Since early 2020 IEEE volunteer leadership (IEEE Boards) and senior IEEE staff  have been aware of this website’s recommendations to reduce member/student annual dues.  In Nov. 2020 the IEEE Board of Directors approved a 50% discount of all IEEE dues around the world to be implemented Jan. 2021. 

In 2022 graduating students are offered a 50% member discount for their first year as a Member.