Startup Salary & Equity Database

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Title Salary Hide salary, order only Equity % Equity $ Hide equity, order only Location Total YOE Years at Startup Stage Size Valuation Date
Design manager $175,000 $175,000 0.0% - - New York City 15.0 3.0 Series D 1001-5000 employees - 2022/12
Design manager $253,000+$15K $253,000 0.33% $1,100,000+$664K $1,100,000 Remote US 10.0 0.0 Series B 101-200 employees $333M 2022/08
Senior design manager $225,000 $225,000 0.003% $340,000 $340,000 Remote US 15.0 0.0 Series E 501-1000 employees $11B 2022/04
Senior design manager $220,000 $220,000 0.01% $350,000 $350,000 Remote US 15.0 0.0 Series F 501-1000 employees $4B 2022/04
Design manager $195,000 $195,000 0.005% $430,000 $430,000 Remote US 15.0 2.0 Post-IPO 1001-5000 employees $9B 2022/03
Design manager $180,000 $180,000 1.0% - - Remote US 7.0 2.5 Seed 11-50 employees - 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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