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Title Salary Equity % Equity $ Location Total YOE Years at Startup Stage Size Valuation Hide valuation, order only Date
Senior software engineer $260,000 0.004% $1,600,000 Remote US 15.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $40B 40000000000 2022/09
Staff software engineer $283,000 0.02% $7,300,000 San Francisco Bay Area 10.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $36B 36500000000 2022/08
Software engineer $160,000 0.0007% $275,000 Seattle 0.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $39B 39285714286 2022/07
Director of engineering $361,000 0.014% $1,400,000 San Francisco 15.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $10B 10000000000 2022/06
Creative lead $205,000 0.0004% $400,000 New York City 9.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $100B 100000000000 2022/06
Frontend engineer $190,000 0.002% $760,000 San Francisco Bay Area 3.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $38B 38000000000 2022/05
Staff software engineer $275,000 0.005% $1,700,000 Seattle 11.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $34B 34000000000 2022/05
Senior software engineer $250,000 0.0005% $480,000 Remote US 9.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $96B 96000000000 2022/04
Senior software engineer $235,000 0.003% $1,000,000 San Francisco 8.0 0.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $33B 33333333333 2022/04
Data analytics manager $190,000 0.01% $126,000 Remote 6.0 4.0 Series H 201-500 employees $1B 1260000000 2022/03
Product manager $286,000 0.002% $1,460,000 Remote US 10.0 1.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $73B 73000000000 2022/03
Sales development representative $95,000 0.0% - Remote 1.0 1.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees - - 2022/02
Staff electrical engineer $226,000 0.002% $650,000 San Francisco 8.0 3.0 Series H 1001-5000 employees $32B 32500000000 2022/02

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Combination of private submissions and private benchmarks. Exact submission date is listed under "Date" column. All submissions are vetted for accuracy.

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.

Equity % helps you project what you stand to make. 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 10-25% 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.

TLDR: know your comp band, target a percentile in-line with how strongly the company needs your skillset, and counter based on what you care about most (salary, equity, bonus, benefits).

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