PE is paradise
Tired of these kids being like PE isn't paradise or that you won't get rich. I'm an 3rd year VP at a fund with 5 years of PE experience and 7 years of total experience. My cash comp is ~750k +- 25k. I have high single digit millions of carry admittedly only 15% vested. I'll get 75-90k (ie 10%) raises every year for 2 years until I'm up for promotion. At that point if I'm promoted comp rises to the 2-2.5m per year range plus carry more than doubles, and I'll be 34 (I'm 31). I've been given strong indications that I'm on track and I'm 1 year ahead of my class as is.
I work 55 hours a week on average outside of deal sprints and a few tougher "shoulder" weeks ahead of deals. I manage 3 associates but am losing 1 next year but will get a senior associate to manage so more leverage.