We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Fees for services vary depending on the area of the country one inhabits.
I've been collecting some from my area of Connecticut:
- Private practice legal services, paperwork: $300-450/hr, with volume discounts and pro-rated for time - Private legal services, court time: $500-600/hr - Home health aide: $20-25/hr - Home health, Registered Nurse: $40-70/hr - Nurse Anesthetist: $200/hr - Prep and insertion of dental implant (not including the crown): $1800. for about 30-40 mins. - Veterinary check-up (dog) plus shots and lots of labs: $1200. - Independent financial/estate advisor (non-legal): $200-500/hr - Auto mechanic: $30-60/hr - Babysitter: $15-20/hr (more if more kids) - Live-in nanny: $300-400/week - Registered Dietician: $125-150/hr - Brief office visit to Internist (10-15 mins, no tests): $125 - Internist, routine "annual" physical, not including labs/tests: $600. - Short visit to Dermatologist, with minor slicing and dicing: $250 - Shrink visits: $300-400/hr (pro-rated for time) - Harpist for parties: $150-175/hr - Piper (Bagpiper): $150-175/hr - Electronics repair: $175/hr (rarely worth it nowadays) - Home computer services: $200/hr - Master carpenter: approx $50/hr, less with bigger job - Painter: approx $25-40/hr, more with bigger job? - Master gunsmith (wood or steel work): $60-80/hr - Per diem bookkeeper: $35/hr - Chimney Sweep: $175/first chimney, $125 each additional - Yard work: $100/man-day
If you wish to share fees of various services in your area, please do so in the comments.
My sister is a DVM and your guess is a lot closer I am sure.
That said, my sister tells me that the vet profession has noted that people on the coasts will shell out sums of money on their animals that those in the mid-west and south would never dream of spending.
We just adopted a 12mo-old Golden Retriever from our local Humane Society. Took him to our vet, who gave him a "wellness" check gratis since he was rescued, but everything else (vaccinations, heartworm test, complete blood analysis, thyroid, urinalysis, and 12mo supply of heartworm medication) was $332. We're in Rapid City (i.e., "flyover country"), but even so, $1200 seems pretty high, even if it is within 150mi or so of NYNY. I used to live in a rural county in VA about 60mi SSE of DC and even there rates weren't that high. I will say this, though: we have 2 other older Goldens and Rimadyl® (joint pain med) ain't cheap anywhere.
Not sure how I would put this in an hourly fee, but the average translation for documents French to English is 20.00 a page. Sometimes I can do a page in less than ten minutes, using a template, if they are vital documents from a specific country. The agency charges 50.00 a page and my cut is 20.00.
I wish I had more work.