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RE: Salary Survey

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In Australia, a survey is conducted each year by the Association of
Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia(APESMA).

A useful document is published each year summarising the remuneration data
in many categories is made available for purchase.  The survey covers many
details (the survey is quite long and probing, but anonymous).

The issue of how well it applies - As a contract engineer I believe the
market dictates the rates that can be achieved.  It is perhaps very useful
for salaries, but I found when I was on salary, my company compared salaries
with other local companies to determine what I would receive.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Kestner [mailto:jkestner(--nospam--at)somervilleinc.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 3 March 1999 4:07 am
To: Structural Engineers Association International
Subject: Salary Survey


 I have used both the NSPE salary info and the Purdue graphs and as
others have stated previously, it does give some basic info. but how
well does it really apply specifically to our profession?

Has anyone at SEAINT ever considered doing a salary survey of our
participants? It, of course, would have to be set up as a "blind" survey
so that no none could ever correlate names with salaries. Some required
data that I think would be useful:

Yearly Compensation:    Base Salary, Overtime, Bonus, Other
Location:    City, State (Salary could then be adjusted by the cost of
living adjustment for that city)
Highest Degree Attained:      (Bachelors, Masters or Phd)
Position:   Non-supervisory, Manager, Principal
Experience: No. of years
Size of Firm: No. of employees

 I, for one, would be willing to participate if assurance could be given
to every participant that it would be conducted with total
confidentiality. It could be very useful for employees as well as
employers in our profession.


 Jim Kestner, P.E.
Green Bay, Wi.