What is a reasonable consulting fee?

Robin Leech robinl at NAIT.AB.CA
Fri Nov 29 13:11:14 CST 1996


Hi Diana,

No, you are right on.  There is not a lawyer or engineer or medical
doctor who would put in the amount of time and effort necessary under
similar circumstances in their own fields who would not charge the going
rate.

Robin Leech

On Fri, 29 Nov 1996, Diana G. Horton wrote:

> I was recently asked to identify some mosses for someone who plans to use
> them in studies of heat shock proteins.  Apparently, this person has been
> looking at heat shock proteins in vascular plants, and plans to move on to
> the mosses.  I explained that if this is funded research, I charge a $50/hr
> consulting fee; if it is not funded, there is no charge.  The answer came
> back (I was asked by a third party) that it is funded research, but that the
> person doing the research would like to know if I would be willing to accept
> $30/hr.
>
> I am annoyed by this response because a) $50/hr doesn't even match my salary,
> and most certainly doesn't include 48% overhead if I do it through the
> university, which would be useful to me politically, and b) I really wonder
> if this researcher would be willing to work for less than his/her salary.
> Also, I think that it could be argued that having the organisms correctly
> identified is (or should be) a crucial aspect of the research that should
> warrant an authorship, let alone salary plus overhead.
>
> Am I way off base?
>
> -- Diana Horton
>
> Herbarium 312 CB
> Biological Sciences
> Biological Sciences
> University of Iowa
> Iowa City, IA  52242
>




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