Startup Salary & Equity Compensation
Wealthfront believes your best asset is you. You’ve invested in educating yourself and building a career – finding the right company and negotiating the right offer to capitalize on this investment can be a challenge, but also a critical step in building a healthy financial future.
As an employee of a funded tech startup you know your compensation package is likely to include a base salary and some form of equity…but what’s a fair offer? How much equity are your peers awarded at similar companies? What element of your career path can you adjust to engineer a stronger compensation package?
We’ve created the below tool to help you compare startup salary and equity compensation packages.
- The smallest startups – those with fewer than 20 employees – granted the largest equity packages. As companies grow more successful and hire more people, they tend to be less generous with equity.
- Cash compensation was slightly higher in larger startups, those with more than 50 employees.
- Directors are paid the most and granted the largest equity packages. But managers aren’t necessarily in the next tier down. Experts in their fields – top level engineers and scientists – tend to earn more than their managers.
- The mean cash compensation across all tech startups in all the markets was $115,000. The mean equity compensation across all tech startups in all the markets was 0.057%.
Whether you go for the salary or a potential equity win, Wealthfront will manage your investments for you. You just continue to focus on growing a successful career.