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Q: I would appreciate any thoughts you may have on how we should compensate an employee for becoming a PE. My personal view is that there is a real difference in personal liability exposure the day someone becomes a P.E. That doesn't seem to be well understood or appreciated by many, and the added risk is not fully covered by the insurance industry. PEs are held to a much higher standard than non-PEs, and the liability exposes PEs' personal assets and those of their family, outlives the PEs, and there is no guarantee that PEs’ current or past employer will or will be able to shield them from problems that may arise during their career and beyond. In any case, I have long believed that PEs' increased risk should be offset by training, counseling, and an adjustment in salary. I have also wished that the insurance industry would create policies for individual engineers that kick in when their current or former employers’ policies fail to cover them. These policies would travel with the engineers throughout their career as long as they paid the premiums. If these policies existed now, a reasonable salary adjustment for a new PE would be the cost of such insurance. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. more


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