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Re: Fee Information Sharing
- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: Re: Fee Information Sharing
- From: "vicpeng" <vicpeng(--nospam--at)vtcg.com>
- Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 21:36:05 -0700
In a message dated 8/29/1999 7:26:28 PM Pacific
<< Most engineers don't seem to be very comfortable
about discussing fees
(either in large companies or private practice).
Chuck, I am writting to the list from my family's home in
Skokie Illinois. I
spent the last three and a half days driving
here from California. Here are
some of the things that I have learned on
1. All of the hotels that I stayed in were within $3.00 of
each other (Ramada
Inn, Country Inn and Fairfield Inn by Marriott).
2. Gas prices were within $0.05 per gallon within the same cities and
$0.020 per gallon from California to Illinois.
and Burger King are priced about the same.
4. Computer software of
similar use is the same price (Utilites such as Nuts
Nortons, Fixit 98 etc.)
5. Doctors fee's are all within the same range
for what Insurance Companies
believe are appropriate Fee's for services
6. Mechanic's hourly labor rates are published
tickets from competing studios are still the same.
I could go on for
ever. Why, then, is it so unethical for a profession to
worth and allow engineers to compete around an established
does not mean that engineers have to charge the same, but they need
be so far apart in their fee's.
The problem is the fear that has been
drummed into professionals for years.
The reality is that there is no
law that prevents us from discussing fees or
even establishing a range
of fees for services performed. There is nothing
wrong with setting a
fee as long as you don't prevent an engineer from
working if he choses
to deviate from the suggested fee.
Once engineers start to discuss
fees openly, we will be adequately
compensated for our services. Until
then, we will always be at the mercy of
the bottom bidder.