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2018 SHRM Membership Dues Frequently Asked Questions

10-31-2016 11:28

How much is the dues adjustment?

The SHRM Board of Directors approved a dues adjustment of $10 for professional memberships. At this time, SHRM annual membership dues will not change for students, retirees, global online members or student chapter advisors and chapter management professionals. 

The 2018 annual rates are:
- Professional memberships - $209
- Students - $40
- Retirees - $55
- Global - $95
- Student chapter advisors and chapter management professionals - $110  

When will the adjustment take affect?

The new rates are effective for memberships on or after January 1, 2018. Members with expiration dates on December 31, 2017 and later will see the new dues rates on their renewal notices.

Why does SHRM need to adjust dues again when there was an adjustment last year?

The SHRM Board evaluates membership dues on a regular basis to ensure SHRM keeps up with the costs of doing business and avoids large one-time adjustment for members. 

How will I benefit from the additional investment?

Your dues make possible our work to serve HR professionals and advance the HR profession. For example, each day we are:

  • Providing go-to solutions for HR: As a SHRM member, you have access to thousands of resources from sample policies, interview questions, job descriptions, how-to guides and more on SHRM.org, to our popular HR Knowledge Advisor service.
  • Bringing you the most relevant HR content. Over the last year, we introduced fresh content on talent acquisition to help you respond to today’s most pressing HR challenge; timely information on legal, regulatory and compliance issues; weekly webcasts; and more ways to connect such as our online community, SHRM Connect, and member-contributed content in Member2Member Solutions.
  • Helping you develop the HR competencies needed today. We are continuously expanding our competency-based offerings to help you sharpen the skills that matter most in HR today, and to maintain your SHRM-SCP or SHRM-CP. We now have over 850 pieces of competency-based content, and have expanded our network to 2,000 providers who offer 42,000 programs. HR professionals worldwide are now using the SHRM Competency Model to develop themselves, including the more than 100,000 who have achieved a SHRM credential.
  • Serving as the voice of HR. As the leading voice of HR in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Administration and Congress turned to SHRM nearly 90 times so far this year for expertise on workplace issues such as healthcare, immigration, and much more. This year SHRM has also been working with members of Congress to draft 21st-century workplace flexibility legislation that meets the needs of both employers and employees.


How does the cost of SHRM membership compare to other HR-related organizations or professional societies?

Even with the small adjustment, SHRM membership dues are still competitive with dues charged by other professional associations. 

WorldatWork                                                        $350 (new members); $265 (renewals)

Association for Talent Development                    $229 (professional); $349 (plus)

Human Capital Institute                                       Free online; $299 (executive members)

HR.com                                                                Free online; $300 (certification prep)

National Association of Social Workers               $225

American Institute of CPAs                                  $255 to $445

American Management Association                    $250

American Society of Assoc. Executives              $325 to $475


Who do I contact with questions about my membership?

Contact us or call our Member Care Center: 800.283.7476 option 3 (U.S. only)  |  +1.703.548-3440 option 3 (International)