Here's the whole story. I've been working as a contractor for two years in the A/V business, and make $20 - $45/hr when I get work. Work has been so slow for the past 6 months, I've been trying to get a job desperately. I have 15 years of Management experience, an Associates in Computer and Electronics Engineering, and a Bachelors in Business. I finally got a good opportunity a month ago as a Broadcast Tech for a large worldwide Satellite company, with over 2.500 employees. I interviewed for the position, and hit it off well with the hiring manager, Bob, who would be my future boss. At the close of the interview we talked salary. He told me the position paid $33,500 + a 20% increase if I was willing to work the night shift. I told him I was very interested, but I'd prefer the night shift if possible for the pay increase. He told me he would "hire me on the spot if he could, and thought I was a great fit for the position, but had to go through a second interview". He even gave me tips for my second interview. We scheduled it for the following day. The next day I met with his boss, Tom, and the interview went excellent. we discussed salary, and I mentioned that Bob told me $33,500 + 20 % for the night shift. Tom then told me that "That's the bottom end, and someone with your experience and education will start at more than that". I was very excited, because my expectation was $39,000 - $48,000/yr. I didn't show Tom I was excited, but let him know I was very interested in the position. They had me take an aptitude test and a drug test, and I passed both. I emailed both managers thank you notes, and received positive responses from both. I waited two weeks without hearing anything, so I sent Bob an email asking how the process was going. He told me I had nothing to worry about, but HR was very slow, and I would be getting a call soon. Two weeks later I called HR at 1:30 PM on a Friday. The HR manager told me she had been very busy, but wanted to talk with me. She told me she would call me back by the end of business, 5 PM that day. She didn't call me until the following Tuesday, and I had been working on my leaky roof for the past five hours. She caught me completely off guard. She told me on the phone that my offer was $32,300 and only $1,040/yr for working from 2 PM - Midnight. I never in my life expected an offer over the phone, I thought she would call me into her office, and we would negotiate my salary. That's the way I have always received offers in the past. I told her that I thought that was lower than I expected, and she gave me about 25 seconds of silence (it seemed like forever). I know that this is a negotiation tactic, but remember, I was completely off guard to be discussing offers over the phone. I had put a month of waiting through this interview process. After her 25 seconds of silence, I told her I would accept the position, but asked when I would have a review to discuss a pay increase. She replied coldly "Employee reviews are held every six months, and pay increases are based on performance. She asked me to start the following Wednesday, and be ready for my first day of work. To put it mildly, I'm desperate for income, and have not had an offer this good in the past six months of job searching. I need to take this job at the salary she offered, but I feel that there has been a breach of trust. I put much effort into being offered this position over the past month. I was told in the first interview by my future boss that I would be paid a little over $40,000/yr for working the night shift. His boss told me that I would be making more due to my education and experience, so I was thinking I'd be making $43,000 - $48,000/yr. My offer is $33,040, over 20% less than what I was told. I'm going in tomorrow. I need the job. Do I attempt to negotiate a larger salary after I have verbally accepted the offer, and will be starting my first day of work? Any advice at all is greatly appreciated.