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2024 Founder Salary Report

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Founder Salary Report 2023

How much should you be paying yourself?
Pilot’s annual Founder Salary Report provides a sense of what other founders in similar positions are doing and what trends they are facing. We hope this report proves helpful as you determine what’s right for you and your company.
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What's Inside

Ranges, averages, and distributions for nearly 750 founder salaries

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Salary analysis by company size, funding level, and geography

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Deep-dive breakouts for regions, including the SF Bay Area, New York, and Remote

Founders often start with a low salary
40%
of founders pay themselves less than $100K annually
Geography plays a major role in a startup's overall finances and salaries.
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$150K
Remote
$130K
LA Area
$74K
Texas Area
$125K
NYC Area
$120K
Boston Area
$120K
SF Bay Area

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