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2016 Fee & Billing Survey

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2016 Fee & Billing Survey


Release date: October 31, 2016.

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The 2016 Fee and Billing Survey of AEC Firms: 

How do you set fee and billing rates that maximize profitability without scaring your potential customers away? Since 1998, thousands of design and environmental firm leaders have turned to Zweig Group’s Fee & Billing Survey for standards on design fees, employee hourly billing rates, sub-consultant procedures, and reimbursement policies. The Fee & Billing Survey of AEC Firms underwent a total overhaul in 2016 to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant information in a new easy to read format.

The 2016 edition includes the latest available data on fee structures for every major market type, billing rates and other statistics for 33 levels of employee (from clerks up through principals), ways firms usually charge for subconsultant fees and reimbursable expenses, how firms collect payment, and much more. Don’t make another decision about your firm’s fees and contracts without first seeing the latest edition of this report!

If your goal is to price your firm’s services competitively without losing your shirt, then you need to know what firms just like yours are charging for the same types of services. Zweig Group’s Fee & Billing Survey of AEC Firms is the standard guideline for architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental firms looking to find the balance between competitive pricing, quality design, and firm profitability. Since 1998, thousands of firm leaders just like you have relied on the rock-solid data in this comprehensive report.

In addition to helping you set fees, billing rates, and other contract details internally, this book is also a great tool to show clients or potential clients. Fee negotiations aren’t always as easy as you’d like them to be, so use the data in this report to tell your client exactly why they should pay what your firm is charging.

If your firm works in any of the following markets, you’ll want to see these survey results:

  • Commercial development
  • Corporate facilities
  • Education (K-12)
  • Education (Higher education)
  • Health care
  • Marine
  • Transportation
  • Entertainment
  • Federal/state/municipal
  • Industrial facilities
  • Multi-family residential
  • Single-family residential
  • Religious
  • Environmental - public
  • Environmental - private

In addition to statistics on contract types for each of the above markets, industry norms for fees as a percentage of construction costs are given for the following services/disciplines (as applicable for each market):

  • Architecture
  • Land planning
  • Landscape architecture
  • Interior design
  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Construction management

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