Who Are NAHB’s Associate Members?

Every year since 2008, the NAHB has conducted a member census in order to better understand the composition and characteristics of the people who belong to its organization.  Similar to a previous post about builder members, NAHB conducted a related analysis of its associate members.  In 2022, 65% of NAHB’s members were associate members—those involved in a wide range of support industries and professions including, among others, trade contractors, manufacturers, retailers/distributors, designers, and architects.

Of the 70,964 associate members, 41% are primarily subcontractor/specialty trade contractors, 13% have a professional specialty, 10% are in financial services, 9% are retail dealerships or distributorships, 5% are wholesale dealerships or distributorships, and 18% have some other type of primary activity (Exhibit 1).

Exhibit 1. Share of Associate Members by Primary Business Activity – 2022

In 2022, associate members had a median of 12 employees on payroll, which is an all-time high.  Seven percent of associate members had 1 employee, 17% had 2 to 4 employees, 19% had 5 to 9, 37% had 10 to 49, 7% had 50 to 99 employees, and 12% had 100 or more employees.  Two percent had no payroll at all.

The median revenue of NAHB associate members was $2.84 million in 2022, essentially unchanged from the median of $2.86 million in 2021.

In 2022, the median age of NAHB associate members was 56 which is slightly younger than in 2021 (57 years).  Four percent of associate members were less than 35 years old, 15% were 35 to 44, 26% were 45 to 54, 35% were 55 to 64, and 19% were 65 or older.  For the sixth consecutive year, the share of associate members who identify as female has increased by 1 percentage point to an all-time survey high of 26% (Exhibit 2).

Exhibit 2. Female Share of Associate Members: History


For more details about NAHB associate members and a profile of each type of member, please visit housingeconomics.com or click here for the full article.

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2 thoughts on “Who Are NAHB’s Associate Members?

  1. Understanding the profile of NAHB’s associate members, as outlined in this article, can be beneficial for builders seeking construction loans. These insights can help builders network with potential financing partners or find loan providers who align with their specific needs and interests within the construction industry.

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