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In a message dated 8/29/1999 7:26:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
chuckuc(--nospam--at) writes:

<< Dennis-
 I've done a small survey of residential engineering design fees here in 
Marin Co.
 and would like to compare notes. These are large two or three story homes
 ($400,000 to $1,000,000+)on sloped sites with pier and grade beam 
 Engineering time is billed in the $100 to $150 per hour range.   Structural
 design fees run around $1.50 to $1.75 per square foot (the 97 UBC seismic 
 to have added about an extra $.25 to $.50). Structural drawings add another 
 to $.35.  Trussed roofs knock off about $500. >>

Chuck, this seems low for the site that this home is being constructed on. 
When comparing fees for a project that was discussed at the Consulting 
Structural Engineers Society a few months ago, a fee for a similar home was 
getting closer to 1.25% of the construction cost in the Los Angeles area.  In 
my area, most homes are single story or split level at best with no unusual 
soil conditions that require more than conventional slab on grade 
foundations. I am quoting around $1.25 to $1.50 per square foot (regardless 
of who designs the roof). However, these homes are much simpler to design 
than hillside or homes on expansive soils. 
I would think that your fees are on the low side, but then again, this has 
much to do with local competition and the availability of work.

I've lost a few jobs lately from clients who were in a hurry. The choice was 
to pay my fee (which was considered high) or wait for another engineers 
schedule who charged less. The architect decided to wait for the lower fee.