I was once told by an HR person that competitor's salaries for IT had been reviewed and our company was well within the salary range. Nearly the entire IT staff jumped from that sinking ship, many DOUBLING their salaries.
The "particular company" comment is dead-on. ;-)
First off, always believe about half of what anyone from HR tells you. They have to push the companies agenda, so they are not always objective or truthful, to say the least. I liken most of them to glorified car salesmen. They will feed you a line just to get you to buy it and get you out of their office. Watch the movie Fargo. :-D
"Technology is a weird thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. ...:-D"