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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
Founding software engineer $230,000 $230,000 0.3% $180,000 $180,000 Remote US 11.0 0.0 Seed 1-10 employees $60M 2023/01
Founding software engineer $215,000 $215,000 1.0% $400,000 $400,000 San Francisco Bay Area 15.0 0.0 Seed 1-10 employees $40M 2022/12
Founding software engineer $185,000 $185,000 1.0% $300,000 $300,000 Remote US 3.0 0.0 Seed 1-10 employees $30M 2022/12
Founding software engineer $120,000 $120,000 0.25% $563,000 $563,000 San Francisco Bay Area 7.0 0.0 Series A 1-10 employees $225M 2022/12
Founding software engineer $240,000 $240,000 1.2% $1,200,000+$200K $1,200,000 San Francisco Bay Area 7.0 0.0 Seed 1-10 employees $100M 2022/12
Founding software engineer $180,000 $180,000 1.0% - - New York City 3.0 0.0 Pre-Seed 1-10 employees - 2022/08
Founding software engineer $150,000 $150,000 1.27% $190,000 $190,000 Germany 15.0 0.0 Pre-Seed 1-10 employees $15M 2022/08
Founding software engineer $220,000 $220,000 2.5% $1,250,000 $1,250,000 San Francisco 8.0 0.0 Series A 1-10 employees $50M 2022/06
Founding software engineer $200,000 $200,000 0.8% $720,000 $720,000 San Francisco 6.0 0.0 Series A 11-50 employees $90M 2022/06
Founding software engineer $200,000 $200,000 2.0% $1,000,000 $1,000,000 San Francisco 18.0 0.0 Seed 1-10 employees $50M 2022/06
Founding software engineer $210,000 $210,000 1.5% $75,000 $75,000 Remote US 6.0 0.0 Seed 1-10 employees $5M 2022/06
Founding software engineer $180,000 $180,000 1.0% $8,000,000 $8,000,000 San Francisco Bay Area 5.0 0.0 Series A 11-50 employees $800M 2022/04
Founding software engineer $165,000 $165,000 1.0% $1,500,000 $1,500,000 Remote US 3.0 1.0 Series A 11-50 employees $150M 2022/03
Founding software engineer $130,000 $130,000 0.3% - - San Francisco 5.0 1.5 Series A 1-10 employees - 2022/03
Founding software engineer $165,000 $165,000 3.5% - - Los Angeles 2.0 0.0 Pre-Seed 1-10 employees - 2022/01
Founding software engineer $160,000 $160,000 0.44% - - San Francisco 3.0 0.0 Seed 1-10 employees - 2022/01
Founding software engineer $70,000 $70,000 0.8% - - Remote US 4.0 1.0 Seed 11-50 employees - 2022/01

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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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