I'm thinking that 15 to 20 guys is a big shop too. Biggest shop I worked for had 4 guys in the field. The four man shop paid me a dollar more an hour than his longest guy was making, simply because that's what I needed to make and when his guys found out they were none to happy. So the question is not can he pay what you want, it's will he pay you what you want.
I can build anything you want if you draw a picture of it on the back of a big enough check.
There's no substitute for hard work....but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up trying to find one.
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Certified Electrical Inspector