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Below is a rough guide to venture capital compensation at various levels of seniority. From analysts and associates to managing directors, venture capital salary is traditionally heavily weighted toward the bonus portion of the compensation as well as carry.

At the associate levels, the hours venture capitalists work per week are usually slightly better than an investment banking analyst, except at some VC funds. Most venture capitalists specialize in a specific industry since most funds are sector-focused.

The venture capital compensation for Vice Presidents, Principals and Partners is much more variable at venture capital firms, but is usually much more of a function of the fund's performance since a lot of the compensation is tied up in Carry.

See below for an estimated range of current venture capital compensation.

Venture Capital Compensation

  • Analyst $ 80K - $ 150K
  • Associate $ 130K - $ 250K
  • Vice Presidents $ 200K - $ 250K + $ 0-1MM carry bonus
  • Principal/Junior MD $ 500K - $ 700K + $ 1-2 MM carry bonus
  • Managing Directors/Partners $ 1MM + $ 3-9MM carry bonus

(Much like private equity compensation, venture capital pay also includes a carry bonus, which may result in a large payout.)

These venture capital salary figures are an approximation and rough range based on the user registration data on Wall Street Oasis as well as the thousands of discussions on venture capital compensation that the community has had around compensation at these levels.

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