Long-term comp potential in development?

Hi all,

Curious to get a sense of what compensation is like at more senior levels (beyond associate). In particular, at large development firms, what is the upper comp ceiling? Are MDs making the same/more than those in banking, or does comp cap out at a much lower threshold?

I know there is a lot of variance, but curious if anyone has a general idea of this.

Thanks!

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2mo
xavif26623, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Do you have an idea of what the promote would look like at a large shoot (e.g. Extell, Related)? If a development nets $100m in profit, for example, how does that get split up?

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CREnadian, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends on shop - if they offer carry/co-invest you can make WAY more than banking (also some firms that offer weaker co-invest/carry bonus out senior managers super well - I've seen someone get a $1M project-specific bonus in addition to their standard performance bonus while also getting leveraged co-invest in the deals they work on).

As other poster said, salaries and typical bonus cap out lower but the upside is much better.

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ratherbeonthelinks, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Echo the above, and it depends. I can speak to my experience in my office, where my MD who gets a significant portion of the promote will make millions in the good years. We're medium sized and have roughly 100 people in the company. Our company and office is unique in the sense we will do deals outside the fund, and some have done very well where my office alone can co-invest, which has made some of the senior members of the team a killing who aren't offered carry. 

At larger company's such as Hines, I've heard they still are generous about giving carry. I know a more senior level person there (family friend), who has worked there for just less than a decade and has done very well for himself, and I know has received massive performance bonuses (at least what I would consider as massive).  

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Ozymandia, what's your opinion? Comment below:
ratherbeonthelinks

Echo the above, and it depends. I can speak to my experience in my office, where my MD who gets a significant portion of the promote will make millions in the good years. We're medium sized and have roughly 100 people in the company.

To be fair, if your office has 100+ people, that is huge.  There are not many development shops in the country that have staff that size.  Unless you're counting construction management, property management, etc in that headcount.

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JerryOfTheDay, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you start your own firm or become partner of an active shop, it can be in the tens of millions some years. I've seen some massive balance sheets of founders/partners.

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redever, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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