I started my own company about a year ago and when I went out on my own I had a good idea of what my competitors were billing for Civil type work (site plans, grading, utilities, drainage, ect..) Most local firms seem to be billing about $85 an hour for most civil work, some drainage stuff (flood plain studies..)they are billing at $95. I have since taken on some residential structural work and learned that most structural guys are billing a higher rate than just plain civil guys, they seem to be $95-125 per hour. Is this typical that structural engineers bill a higher rate? I understand that rates are region specific but do these rates seem 'normal' to you guys?. I live in a region where cost of living is quite high (average home is $450k). And, lastly, do you think a guy such as myself who works out of the home and has low overhead should bill a lower rate? Some clients seem to think I should be less but I think allthough I have lower overhead I am FAR more effiecient than a large consulting firm so in my mind its a wash. Thanks for your thoughts.
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