Hi! I'm from Makati City, Philippines and we have the same problem here for
structural engineering. The common notion here is that if you are after for
money, you go to project management or construction; but if you're after for
honor / prestige / or anything that would make you proud of, go to
Herein the Philippines, a new graduate of civil engineering would receive
only P4800 if he/she goes into structural. How's that?
> From: Steve Strapac[SMTP:strapac(--nospam--at)mindspring.com]
> Reply To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 1999 9:19 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Salary Survey
> Some general questions for the group:
> I was not financially able to practice Structural engineering out of
> college, the salaries available for the jobs available were 1/2 to 2/3
> I make in Construction Management. So I'm not "close" to the field. Of all
> the fields of engineering, Civil seems to pay the least, and within Civil,
> Structural engineering seems to pay the least. This fact hit home when I
> got a call from a friend of mine from school who went on to get a Masters
> in Structural Eng. at Stanford, a year after finishing grad school, he
> and went to work for Dean Whitter.. as a stock broker (He hasn't even paid
> off his college loan. He explained that he looked at his mentors, and what
> they had accomplished, and he realized that in current dollars, he could
> expect to max out at $70k/year when he retired, in Los Angeles. With all
> the license requirements, etc., why don't structural engineers earn
> significantly more?
> Why do they bill "per job" vs. attorneys (accountants too?) who bill per
> hour? It seems as if you are all in a race to bid yourselves out of
> Is there an organized effort to rectify this?
> Steve Strapac, P.E.