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Title Salary Equity % Equity $ Location Years of Experience Years at Startup Stage Size Valuation Hide
Technical product manager $212,000 0.004% $315,000 Seattle 8.0 0.0 Post-IPO 501-1000 employees $8B 7875000000
Staff software engineer $235,000 0.01% $960,000 Remote US 10.0 0.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $10B 9600000000
Staff software engineer $200,000 0.004% $500,000 Remote US 6.0 0.0 Post-IPO 1001-2000 employees $12B 12500000000
Staff software engineer $236,000 0.0002% $200,000 San Francisco Bay Area 11.0 0.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $100B 100000000000
Site reliability engineer $100,000 0.002% $50,000 Remote Australia 3.0 1.0 Post-IPO 501-1000 employees $2B 2500000000
Senior software engineer $230,000 0.002% $800,000 Remote US 9.0 0.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $40B 40000000000
Senior software engineer $277,000 0.0005% $175,000 Remote US 7.0 0.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $35B 35000000000
Senior software engineer $192,000 0.01% $3,000,000 San Francisco 4.0 4.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $30B 30000000000
Senior software engineer $250,000 0.002% $1,500,000 San Francisco Bay Area 11.0 0.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $75B 75000000000
Senior software engineer $220,000 0.0% $300,000 Santa Clara 7.0 0.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees - -
Senior software engineer $180,000 0.0002% $150,000 Seattle 4.0 0.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $75B 75000000000
Senior product manager $225,000 0.002% $1,300,000 Los Angeles 11.0 1.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $65B 65000000000
Senior product manager $170,000 0.001% $530,000 Los Angeles 8.0 1.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $53B 53000000000
Senior product manager $180,000 0.001% $50,000 New York 8.0 3.0 Post-IPO 501-1000 employees $5B 5000000000
Senior product manager $218,000 0.006% $200,000 New York 6.0 0.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $3B 3333333333
Senior product manager $210,000 0.003% $500,000 Remote US 10.0 1.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $17B 16666666667
Senior product manager $202,000 0.016% $160,000 Remote US 6.5 1.0 Post-IPO 201-500 employees $1B 1000000000
Senior product manager $190,000 0.04% - San Francisco 7.0 1.5 Post-IPO 501-1000 employees - -
Senior product manager $165,000 0.0% $280,000 San Francisco Bay Area 3.0 0.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees - -
Senior product manager $190,000 0.001% $160,000 Seattle 4.0 0.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $16B 16000000000
SDET $165,000 0.002% $300,000 Remote US 4.0 0.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $15B 15000000000
Product manager $125,000 0.002% $100,000 London 4.0 0.5 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $5B 5000000000
Product manager $180,000 0.001% $340,000 Remote US 6.0 1.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $34B 34000000000
Product manager $180,000 0.002% $200,000 San Francisco 3.5 3.5 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $10B 10000000000
Product designer $165,000 0.16% - San Francisco 8.0 1.5 Post-IPO 501-1000 employees - -
Head of Strategy & Analytics $240,000 0.0007% $400,000 Remote US 13.0 3.0 Post-IPO 5000+ employees $57B 57142857143
Growth analyst $93,000 0.001% $12,000 Remote US 4.0 0.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $1B 1200000000
Forward deployed engineer $131,000 0.006% $200,000 San Francisco 2.0 2.0 Post-IPO 501-1000 employees $3B 3333333333
Engineering manager $309,000 0.001% $400,000 Remote US 12.0 0.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $40B 40000000000
Director of Product $305,000 0.056% $420,000 Remote US 8.0 4.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $750M 750000000
Director of Marketing & Sales $225,000 0.17% - Remote 4.0 0.0 Post-IPO 51-100 employees - -
Director of engineering $230,000 0.02% $20,000,000 Remote US 22.0 4.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $100B 100000000000
Design manager $195,000 0.005% $430,000 Remote US 15.0 2.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $9B 8600000000
Backend engineer $105,000 0.0001% $25,000 Remote UK 4.0 0.5 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $25B 25000000000

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It's your % ownership of the startup. Calculated one of two ways:
โ€ข Your total # of shares รท Fully diluted outstanding shares x 100 โ€” confirm that it's fully diluted; otherwise, your stake will look higher than it truly is
โ€ข Current value of your shares รท current company valuation x 100 โ€” value is based on preferred price (what investors paid); updates with each fundraise

Always make sure you have the numerator and the denominator.

It's the best way to estimate how much you stand to make based on growth in company valuation.

For example, if you have a 1% equity stake in a startup valued at $100M, which eventually IPOs at $1B, your stake will be worth 1% * $1B * dilution rate โ€” dilution rate varies, but a rule of thumb is to assume 25% dilution per funding round. This means the earlier you join, the more diluted you'll become. But you'll also have a lower strike price and (usually) a much bigger % to start with.

While estimating using equity % is no crystal ball, it's more reliable than guessing what the future price per share will be.

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