This question is similar but deals with startups. This is a established mid-sized company.
Today I received my first ping from a company on StackOverflow Careers. A tech company recruiter near to me (central/western Europe) asked if they could call me up and tell me about what opportunities they had open. Since this is the first time this has happened, I'm a bit tempted to pick up the offer and see where it goes (I have no clue what to expect).
I realise that this is very much looking ahead, but I'm wondering if it is appropriate to ask for a rough salary figure (e.g. per hour) at such an early stage. As it stands, it is not very formal or official and I realise that the actual experience factors will factor in very much. Their own website does not mention any figures.
I'm stuck between:
Coming across as greedy and corresponding negative connotations, especially with my very limited experience.
Trying to get a feeling if it's a serious offer and job and compensated accordingly.
Note: I'm talking from a UK perspective. You might want to include continent to give an idea of the local culture.
In the UK and I believe the US it's normal to ask recruiters for the salary range they'd expect to find for people with your qualifications and experience. Particularly if the jobs are in a location you're not used to. If you have hard requirements they'll need to know about those as well.
Remember: People don't work for free, it's not greedy to expect to be paid or to ask for ballpark figures. The entire transaction of working for a paycheck is you selling your labor for cash. Indeed if it's a recruiter they'll be trying to slot you into job openings and they get a commission based on your salary. Normally it's in their interest to get you into something in a reasonable salary range.
The recruiter doesn't know. They can give figures, but such values will be no better than what you can infer from internet sources.
A company will offer differ amounts depending on the person and their experience, and different companies will offer widely different amounts based on various factors, including how flush the company is. In some companies there will be a pay scale which is fixed because if they pay different people different amounts for the same type of position it will cause problems. Such companies will generally state the standard amount for the position type. You will not find out what that is exactly until they make the offer.