How much does the average startup CEO earn in salary?

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Vanessa Kruze Founder, CPA

$130,000. My accounting firm, Kruze Consulting, analyzed CEO pay at over 125 startups. We found that the average startup CEO pay at funded startups is $130,000.Companies that have raised more tend to offer the CEO higher salaries. The chart below shows average pay levels by amount of funding raised.

How much does the average startup CEO earn in salary?

There are a lot of variables that might cause a particular CEO to take more or less in salary. Some of these factors include the industry that startup is in, how long ago the company raised funding, company revenue/burn, the CEO’s prior experience, etc.

Most investors / board members we interact with tend to have a pretty similar compensation philosophy for their CEOs: Draw a salary that 1) provides enough compensation for you stay totally focused on growing the business and not worry about making ends meet; and 2) is similar to what similar companies pay.

We’ve got more data in our Startup CEO Salary Report, available on our website.

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