By Sarah Evers and Sam SteinThe American Psychological Assn.
(APA) announced its 2017 membership count for its annual meeting on Monday, bringing the total to more than 15,000.APA President and CEO Kimberly Wagner announced the membership count at the meeting, and she noted that the association’s membership numbers had increased each year since 2010.
The APA is not required to release the membership counts, and APA has previously done so for its conference committee.
However, Wagner said Monday that the membership numbers are a good indication of the number of psychologists and allied professionals who are active in the field.
The membership counts represent a new milestone in the association, Wagner noted.
They represent the largest number of APA members since its first membership numbers were released in 2003, and they reflect the number and diversity of psychologists, therapists, and allied professional organizations.
The association’s members are more diverse than ever.
Women account for 40 percent of the membership.
There are more minority and LGBTQ members, and many are new to the field, she said.
The average age of APAs membership is 39, and memberships range from about $100 to $350.
The average APA member earns more than $100,000 annually.
The annual membership is $10,000 for the general membership and $50,000, and a one-time fee of $1,000 is charged for the APA Board of Directors.