I have been considering a move from the desk to the floor. I have absolutely no experience trading on the floor. But I have arranged to take the certification classes for NYBOT (cotton, coffee), possibly NYMEX (unleaded gas). Paying $1K per month on the NYBOT is much more attractive than $18K per month on the NYMEX. Many friends, colleagues, contacts rave about trading on the floor. And I have been down several times, very exciting. But most if not all of the individuals I know started on floor, as a clerk or in some low level capacity. Is there anyone on this forum that has the experience and can justify the costs of trading on the floor? I understand, being there in the person will add value through execution, open outcry and visibly witnessing the actions of your counter parties, but is it worth $18K per month for lets say, the NYMEX? From my knowledge most crude oil and natural gas traders, who focus on futures more than options, make seven figures. Would these individuals make half of what they make on floor if they moved upstairs? Any thoughts, insight or general info would be greatly appreciated.