New York Engineers Seek More Pay
A meeting on December 21 at the Engineering Societies Building in New York sponsored by the newly formed Association of Engineers of New York, started a movement by a number of Eastern cities for an increase of the salary of engineers in the employ of the municipalities. Representatives from Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore attended and agreed on a tentative wage scale.
The schedule, as submitted by the association, calls for increase of approximately 30 per cent in the upper grades, such as chief engineer, consulting and deputy chief engineer, and for as high as 60 per cent more for the lower grades of engineers with but few years’ experience.
One of the preambles to this resolution declared that “a crisis has practically been reached in the affairs of the engineers, inasmuch as they receive on the average sums disproportionate with the value of the work performed, and very much less than the sums paid to the several branches of skilled labor supervised by engineers and less than what is required to maintain a respectable social status.”
This condition, the resolution continued, “is repelling young men technically trained from entering the engineering profession.” It went on to say that the condition had caused alarm to arise in the minds of many engineers “not only because of the immediate effect upon the vast engineering works now in progress and in contemplation, but because of the very serious effect that will he produced as time advances and men now engaged in engineering positions either die or leave to better themselves in other fields of activity.”
Among the other speakers were Arthur Sullivan, President of the Engineering Employers’ Association of Chicago; F. H. Avery of Chicago; Charles H. Stevens of the Society of Municipal Engineers of Philadelphia, and V. Bernard Siems of Baltimore.