Thank you, Nan, for your reply...and you are definitely not one of the "guilty" signing agencies (yay for that!!), and your two-sided insight is appreciated, as there are notaries that may not hold up their end. Yes, we are all in the business to make a profit, but you must agree on the the balance of things, across the board, that most notaries are not getting paid even fair market rate for their services AND wait months and months to get paid, if at all (especially when everyone else involved in the transaction seems to get paid more timely and at their (more than likely) requested/agreed upon rate.
All in all, the low-ball fees are an insult. I don't expect any "guilty" signing companies to chime in, my question (and low-grade venting) is nothing short of the continuous issues most notaries are concerned about. We don't expect to get rich -- but we also do not expect to sell our services, ourselves, and our time short. AGAIN, thank you for your reply.