The job offer ones reminded me of when I was graduating with my Master's and looking for work. In addition to applying for several positions, I had my resume out of the job boards. There was a company in a neighboring state that looking for someone with my specific technical skills AND the ability to read CAD drawings for a certain type of utility. This was not a common combination and the people who had such skills were making $$$.
This wanted to pay $15/hr and would not offer relocation. Keep in mind I was making more as an intern just using my technical skills without even a degree in that field than they were offering. I was contacted by several recruiters about this position. Heck, I found out from my co-worker that recruiters were calling around in all neighboring states and had even contacted him about it. He had 7+ years in the field and a degree. No way was he taking the job.
Finally, I got a chatty recruiter on the phone. After explaining that I'd been contacted about this position before, and no one would take it for the money they were offering, I finally got to ask the question I'd been dying to ask since I first read the job description.
Why the heck were they offering so little money?
"Well, they looked at the job boards for similar jobs. There are several in the DC area. The education only calls for a High School degree. So they are offering the equivalent for Ohio."
I cracked up laughing. "You realize those DC area jobs they are looking at require Top Secret/SCI clearance, which is the just about the highest government security clearance you can get. Those companies are recruiting directly out of the military or similar, which is why they only require a HS degree for formal education. I can guarantee the people getting hired have more experience than I do with a Master's. They are also getting paid six figure starting just because they have that clearance."
"Oh." The recruiter thanked me for that information and ended the call. If he was smart he hopefully called the company back and explained to them why they couldn't fill the position.
It still boggles my mind that a company would just look at the formal education of similar job postings to figure out a salary range, and ignore the years of experience, required high security clearance, and actual starting salary of the positions.