I doubt it would be to prevent people from applying who want more money. More likely it is because so many groups offer a lower wage rate then push the "total compensation story" on you when you interview. The HR people will go on and on about the annual value of your stock plan, drug plan, life and disability (short and long term) insurance. When they finish they probably come up with you making double the hourly rate. The catch is that you don't get much of cash from stocks and such until you have worked for them for several years. Not a good deal if you can't wait to buy the F350 with the lift kit and one of everything from the bling section at Canadian Tire.
Ya I hear you on the "total package" line MacDaddy but if 1crazylady is right at all (see post above) all the families on assistance would benefit from those extras.
Still the wage is the bottom line and that cash is what pays for the toys not the shares and taxed to the max incentives and bonus. Not turning my nose up at the retentions and housing but show me the money.