SAE Membership FAQs

Member Grades
Student 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.


This grade is composed of the past Presidents of SAE.


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

Membership Levels
Student Full-time college/university students (at least 13 credit hours per semester) pursuing studies leading to any associate, bachelor, masters, or doctoral degree.
Classic The basic membership level, this offers access to news and information at the lowest cost.

This level gives a deeper discount on Professional Development courses, meetings, events and publications.


This level is designed for members who want to receive the greatest discounts on all SAE publications, Professional Development training, meetings and events.

Corporate Memberships
SAE membership is designed for individuals only. We do not offer corporate memberships, however, companies can support SAE in many ways.


How Levels Relate to Grades of Membership

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

Level: You can choose any level of membership depending on the amount of benefits you desire, regardless of your grade.


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
Student $25
Early Career Discounted for first four years after graduation (see Student Member FAQs for details)
Classic    $95
Premium    $175
Elite    $285


Discounted Rate Categories
When you have 40 years of paid membership, SAE will automatically change your membership to Lifetime. While you won't pay dues, you must still renew your membership annually.

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.



NOTES: 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.


Changing Your Grade From Associate to Member
Complete the membership grade change form online including your member number and click "Process my Form."


Changing Your Membership Level

You can upgrade the level of your membership (Classic, Premium, Elite) anytime throughout the year. You can only downgrade your level of membership at your renewal time.

Reduced dues: Retired or unemployed members receive Classic level benefits. They may upgrade to either the Premium or Elite levels by paying the balance of the dues for Classic level plus the difference in dues rates. Honorary or Lifetime members may upgrade to Premium or Elite levels by paying the difference in the dues rates. Contact SAE Customer Service for exact rates.

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 increase or decrease the level of your membership, update your contact information or stop automatic renewal at that time. You may upgrade your membership level any time throughout the year, but can only move to a lower level at renewal time.


Renewing Your Membership

Renew online
By fax: 724-776-0790
By mail: Make check payable to SAE (written in US dollars on a US bank) and mail with your completed application to SAE, (professional members) PO Box 791009, Baltimore, MD 21279-1009 USA or (student members) PO Box 79572. Please include your member number on the check.

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