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What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

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What size of fees would you like to command from clients in an ideal world?

I know we are badly commoditised but it would be good to see what you think would be a well paid and fair fee structure given the value you provide.

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

"All the traffic will bear."

Considering the life safety issues and exposure I see as a structural engineer, and considering the experience and educational investment over the past 40 years of my life, I only see this as reasonable.

Now I have to get back to reality.

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering
Motto:  KISS
Motivation:  Don't ask

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

Define an ideal world!  Everyones definition will be different depending on their particular circumstances, wants, needs ... and greeds.

For some, an ideal world might not involve fees ... or work ... or life safety issues ... or ???

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

Ideal world... I would have won the mega jackpot and then go work for free  

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

I think it'd be nice to earn the same fees as an investment banker who's dumber than I am and more poorly educated.  

 

Hydrology, Drainage Analysis, Flood Studies, and Complex Stormwater Litigation for Atlanta and the South East - http://www.campbellcivil.com

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

Exhorbitant.

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

A very interesting question. I'll return here after some  thought.

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

I am mechanical not structural, but if I was structural I would like to see my hourly rate at 10 times the hourly rate of a Lawyer defending a case in which structural collapse took the lives of occupants.

"They" say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, well if true "they" can put their money where their mouth is.

Just my two cents worth.

A question properly stated is a problem half solved.

Always remember, free advice is worth exactly what you pay for it!  

http://www.ap-dynamics.ab.ca/

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

I'm rarely satisfied with mere "fees"!  That's half the problem with the engineering profession today in my opinion.  We once ran the show entirely, taking our "fair" share of the benefits of the problem we'd solved- or at very least, we took our share of both design AND fabrication.   Now we settle for consulting fees alone and bemoan what our profession has become!

 

RE: What Fees Would You Like To Command In An Ideal World?

Besides the obvious increase in hourly rates, I would also like for some way to actually charge the proper amount of hours for a project.  Especially when others decide to change their plans completely and expect us to do the major changes for free.

Civil Development Group, LLC
Los Angeles Civil Engineering specializing in Hillside Grading
http://www.civildevelopmentgroup.com
http://www.civildevelopmentgroup.com/blog

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