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2020 Fee & Billing Survey Report


Release date: August 2020

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Zweig Group’s 2020 Fee & Billing Survey Report of AEC Firms is the standard guideline for AEC industry firms looking to benchmark fees, billing rates, and billing practices, and evaluate productivity and utilization.  

Data was collected from an online survey of architecture, engineering, planning, construction, and environmental consulting industry professionals.

The 2020 edition includes data on fee structures for every major market type in the AEC industry, billing rates and chargeability statistics for 33 levels of employee (ranging from clerks to principals), statistics on consultant fees and reimbursable expenses, and a variety of statistics related to payment collection methods and experiences.  

The 2020 Fee & Billing Survey Report of AEC Firms includes the following fee markets:

  • 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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