The average salary for area association executives rose 6.5 percent from January 1985 to January 1986, almost twice the inflation rate for the same period, according to a survey released by the Foundation of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives last week.

Associations are doing well right now because the industries they represent are healthy, said GWSAE Executive Director Steve Carey. "Executive boards are feeling good, so association staff and executives are getting the benefits," he added.

The survey, which asked association executives to compare their 1985 and 1986 salaries, found that the average salary of chief executive officers moved up 8.76 percent to $78,923 from the previous year. That salary was more than $20,000 higher than those of the second-highest-ranking association officials in the area, who made an average of $55,625. Association general counsels reported the largest salary jump, at more than 9 percent.

Education directors, those working on association publication and convention planners, in that order, showed the next largest increases in pay at more than 7 percent. Those receiving the smallest salary increases were the heads of Washington-area offices that are not located in the District, whose salaries rose an average 4 percent between 1985 and 1986, the survey found.

GWSAE used an independent accounting firm, Ernst & Whinney, to tabulate the results. Thirty of the 271 responses were completed by associations that are not members of GWSAE.

PROFESSIONAL

A pediatric dentist from California has been named director of the American Dental Association's Washington office. William E. Allen replaces attorney Hal M. Christensen, a 28-year veteran of the ADA, who retired after more than 20 years as its director. As part of the reorganization of the Washington office, Allen has named Roy Bredder as assistant director, William Owens as congressional relations director, Leonard Wheat as government relations director and Craig Palmer as communications director.

The Society for Technical Communication in Washington has elected Chicago chapter member Richard E. Weigand as its president. Wiegand manages the marketing communications division of the Advanced Technologies Group for Sundstrand Corp. in Rockville, Ill. Weigand has held several leadership positions with STC, including first and second vice president. The society also has elected Austin Brown as its new second vice president. Brown, who heads the technical publications branch at the Naval Surface Weapons Center in Dahlgreen, Va., is a member of the Washington, D.C., STC chapter.

The president of the American Society for Personnel Administration in Alexandria, Ron Pilenzo, has been elected chairman of the Employe Assistance Program Consortium for Associations. The consortium, offered through Alexandria Hospital, has 11 Northern Virginia member associations. The members are nonprofit groups such as ASPA that join together in order to receive benefits not previously available because of their small size.

TRADE

Rep. Don Fuqua (D-Fla.), who will be retiring from Congress after his 12th term in January 1987, will become president and general manager of the Aerospace Industries Association of America. Fuqua, who has been chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology since 1979, will replace Karl G. Harr Jr., AIA president for the past 23 years. Harr will remain on staff as a consultant through 1987 to ensure a smooth transition, according to association spokesmen.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has promoted Seth B. Golbey from news editor to managing editor of its magazine, AOPA Pilot.