SAE Membership FAQs

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Member Grades


Full-time college/university students (at least 13 credit hours per semester) pursuing studies leading to any associate, bachelor, masters, or doctoral degree.


Anyone whose affiliation supports the objectives of SAE but does not meet the requirements for Member grade.


Established engineers, scientists, and other professionals who have a qualified college or university degree in engineering; or have the required equivalent years of technical education and professional technical experience; or have distinguished service and noteworthy accomplishments. Individuals with a Member grade are entitled to vote on matters submitted to a vote of the membership.


A prestigious grade established to recognize individuals for extraordinary leadership, creativity, and accomplishments in science, engineering, and technology covered by SAE. You must be nominated by other SAE members to be considered for this grade.


Joint members are members from organizations with which SAE has a joint membership agreement.

You are assigned a grade of membership: Student, Associate, or Member, based on your educational background, experience and level of engineering involvement.


Corporate Memberships
SAE membership is designed for individuals only. We do not offer corporate memberships; however, companies can inquire about membership for their individual employees by emailing the Membership Team.


Length of SAE Membership

Your SAE membership is valid for 12 months. It expires at the end of the month in which you join, one year later.


Membership Dues



Member Graduate

Discounted for first four years after graduation (see Student Member FAQs for details)




Discounted Rate Categories


When you are fully retired from industry and your age plus years of SAE membership service equals 75 or more.



Current members in good standing who become temporarily unemployed can request this dues rate for up to two consecutive years. Contact Customer Service to request this option.


Note: Reduced dues, discounts, and unemployed rates are only available for members who have been paying full professional dues. All amounts are in U.S. dollars. Membership fees subject to change without notice.


Price rate will start January 1st, 2024.


Changing Your Grade From Associate to Member

Complete the membership grade change form online including your member number and click "Process my Form."


How to Pay for Your Membership

Automatic Renewal: Simplify your life and sign up for Automatic Renewal and we'll charge your credit card for your annual membership dues on your renewal date each year. You'll receive an email in advance of your renewal and be able to update your contact information or stop automatic renewal at that time.


Renewing Your Membership

Renew online
By fax: 724-776-0790

Questions? Contact SAE Customer Service
Phone: 877-606-7323 (US & Canada)
724-776-4970 (outside US & Canada)
Fax: 724-776-0790