Executive Compensation: Insights from the 2012 CompStudy Survey of Venture-Backed Companies
The data is an important indicator for what is 'market' for employees of venture backed technology companies. Here's a link to the survey of 4,000 startups, 10,000 founders and 20,000 executives. It takes a look at companies who have raised zero to 5+ rounds of capital, are located in the US and looks at equity % held by founders and non-founders....by title.
Some of the numbers that resonated with me are:
- Non-founding CEO's have approximately 6% of fully diluted equity holdings (post round 2)
- CEO direct reports are in the 1-2% range
- CEO base salary of $250- $267k (median and mean)
I am confident that every company is different in its philosophy and execution of their compensation plans. I am also confident that having good data and transparency gives people more comfort that fair dealings are taking place.
This study helps give that confidence.