2021

Global Compensation Survey

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About This Survey

For the 5th year, the VC Platform Global Community conducted a compensation survey to understand trends and industry standards of how platform roles are compensated at leading venture firms. Formed organically in 2012, the VC Platform Global Community is a peer-led independent group of 1000+ members who hold platform roles at 600+ firms globally.

This survey included a broad group of individuals with “platform” as the primary focus of their role, but it should be noted that each firm looks at these individuals and their responsibilities slightly differently. As part of the analysis of data, we did our best to normalize the data based on geography, seniority, fund size, individual role, functional responsibilities, and level of experience, but the ultimate findings may not align with the standards of every firm.

What will you get out of it?

This report will empower both firms and Platform professionals with the data they need to make more informed decisions around Platform compensation. As Platform rapidly evolves so too will this compensation survey, so you’ll always have the latest annual data to inform your decisions.

Individuals from 600+ firms were invited to participate. Representative logos include:

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This Landing Page Includes Data From:

410

Respondants

From the Over

1,000

Members

Of the VC Platform Community

Data Cleaning

  • Identify and remove duplicates
  • Extract submissions from those that identified as having primarily an investing role
  • Currencies converted to U.S. Dollars
  • Identify and remove outlier data that seems inaccurate or meaningfully skews averages
  • Standardize city, state, and country data
  • Remove incomplete or unclear responses

Who Took The Survey?

Respondents

Year over Year Survey Participation

Gender Identity

Male/Female Breakdown of Who Responded

29.1
0.5
70.4
Investment Committee Involvement

Investment Committee Member Participation

  • 26.1%Member
  • 73.9%Non-Member
Titles

What title best matches your own?

  • 8.5%Partner
  • 11.7%Associate
  • 19.8%Vice President
  • 27.6%Manager
  • 32.4%Director
Primary Role

Count of what is the primary focus of your role

68
Talent & Recruiting
68
Community/Expert Network
64
Internal Operations
62
Marketing & PR
57
Business Development &…
42
Investment Sourcing/Dilig…
14
Other
13
Content Creation
13
Investor Relations
9
Event Planning
0
20
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60
80
2021 Global Compensation Survey

Respondents Firm Information

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Firm Assets Under Management
At What Stage Does Your Firm Primarily Invest?
How Would You Best Describe Your Firm?
2021

Respondent Geography

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Total Cash Compensation by Title

U.S. Total Cash Compensation by Title and Gender

Each year we do a breakdown of total compensation by gender to shine a light on any gender pay gap that may or may not exist at each level of the platform profession. This year’s data suggests that, with increased seniority, particularly at the Partner level, those that identify as female are making less on average than those that identify as male.

CountQ1MedianQ3
TitleMFMFMFMF
Associate721$73,500$80,000$83,000$90,000$135,000$110,000
Manager1068$110,250$95,000$120,500$110,000$138,550$150,000
Director3766$130,000$144,250$175,000$175,200$215,000$211,750
Vice President2343$211,000$206,500$290,000$268,000$345,000$352,500
Partner1216$359,750$300,000$512,200$389,750$615,500$483,437
Associate
Manager
Director
Vice President
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United States Total Median Compensation by Title & AUM

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Median Total Compensation
0
200K
400K
600K
800K
0
Don’t Manage Capital, Associate
103250
Don’t Manage Capital, Manager
109500
Don’t Manage Capital, Director
201750
Don’t Manage Capital, VP
0
Don’t Manage Capital, Partner
73500
Less than $100M, Associate
95000
Less than $100M, Manager
135000
Less than $100M, Director
200000
Less than $100M, VP
225000
Less than $100M, Partner
110000
$100M - $249M, Associate
115500
$100M - $249M, Manager
135500
$100M - $249M, Director
212070
$100M - $249M, VP
300000
$100M - $249M, Partner
101300
$250M - $499M, Associate
135000
$250M - $499M, Manager
166000
$250M - $499M, Director
240000
$250M - $499M, VP
402500
$250M - $499M, Partner
88000
$500M - $999M, Associate
105000
$500M - $999M, Manager
200000
$500M - $999M, Director
265000
$500M - $999M, VP
414750
$500M - $999M, Partner
91500
$1.0Bn - $2.49Bn, Associate
150000
$1.0Bn - $2.49Bn, Manager
210000
$1.0Bn - $2.49Bn, Director
347500
$1.0Bn - $2.49Bn, VP
554500
$1.0Bn - $2.49Bn, Partner
0
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, Associate
149500
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, Manager
235000
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, Director
409000
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, VP
475000
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, Partner
0
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, Associate
182500
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, Manager
241750
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, Director
413000
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, VP
612500
$2.5Bn - $4.9Bn, Partner
0
200K
400K
600K
800K

Global Benefits

  • Yes
  • No
281 (out of 410)
Healthcare coverage or stipend
225 (out of 410)
Retirement account (401k/IRA) funding or match
113 (out of 410)
Work from home stipend
97 (out of 410)
Professional development stipend
97 (out of 410)
Transit benefits
93 (out of 410)
Gym or physical wellness stipend
93 (out of 410)
Meal stipend
57 (out of 410)
Professional coach
48 (out of 410)
No compensation other than salary and bonus
42 (out of 410)
Childcare
9 (out of 410)
Student loan matching
3 (out of 410)
Investor Relations
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%
Global Benefits

Expected Shift in Work Location

Given the rise of hybrid and remote work, we thought it would be particularly interesting to look into the shift in work location for platform professionals.

Talent & Recruiting Compensation

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Total compensation data for the 53 U.S. based respondents that selected Talent & Recruiting as their primary role.
*Non-US data set is smaller and can be explored via the compensation calculator.

Marketing & PR Compensation

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Total compensation data for the 44 U.S. based respondents that selected Marketing & PR as their primary role.
*Non-US data set is smaller and can be explored via the compensation calculator.