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Excellent summary. The old rule used to be that you wanted to give as much as you had to pay but not a penny more. The market-clearing rate varies everywhere. Internet buzz can be deceptive, because firms don't display numbers on job boards unless they are impressively high, and that frequently indicates corresponding issues with the rest of the total reward package or with the assignment itself. Stinky jobs carry premium cash prices, for example.

Very true about stinky jobs and high pay = which, to be fair, are better than stinky jobs with low pay - although I did once run across an absurdly highly paid job looking after a villa on a gorgeous tropical island. I assumed it was either for a reality TV show along the lines of 'Bachelor Meets Gilligan's Island' or else some sort of fall guy for organized crime.

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