I have a totally different experience, I just got hired for a new position, Master Electrician Specialist. They're advertising it nationwide and there are openings in just about every store. they started me at $26.50/HR that equates to about 55K/yr plus O/T and benefits I was surprised that they pay so much for a non management job. there's also new openings for master plumbers. The only req. is to have an active contractor's license within 6mos pryor to hire. Anyone with some electrical experience can take the next step and get licensed and will have a pretty much guaranteed job with good pay. It seems like they're really pushing hard to fill these positions and they're willing to pay top dollar. As a contractor in this market you're lucky to make 35K/yr I love my new hd job!!!!Everything depends on the job and how much they need you. The HR lady practically kissed me when I walked in the door.