Private Equity Compensation 2019

Private Equity Compensation Report 2019In this, our twelfth annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Compensation Report, we look to that past to better confront the challenges of the future. The goal of this report is to identify industry compensation trends and provide insights into their effect on compensation practices, recruitment and retention.

This year marks the fifth straight year of compensation gains in private equity and venture capital, with 64 percent of this year’s respondents expecting total compensation levels to increase over last year, while only 5 percent expect to earn less.

In-house training continues to receive unfavorable reviews, despite last year’s movement in a positive direction. Why the industry ignores the potential benefits of robust in-house training programs remains a mystery, particularly in the competitive job market that exists today. Quality internal training programs have the potential to attract and retain talent, but statistics show this potential is broadly ignored, as a mere 17 percent of this year’s respondents rate their in-house training as good to excellent.

Higher MBA base salary, bonus compensation, and vacation time as compared to their non-MBA peers has been a regular feature of this report since its inception. This year, we can once again, confirm the monetary value of an advanced degree.

Job seekers will appreciate the section of this report devoted to identifying which positions are in demand, what percentage of firms are hiring, and what percentage are cutting back. For example, 54 percent of respondents’ firms are hiring investment personnel, while only 1 percent are cutting back in information technology hires.

The 2019 Private Equity and Venture Capital Compensation Report serves as myth-buster and forecaster, debunking misconceptions, and providing readers insightful, industry-specific information regarding the complex subject of compensation.

Other highlights from this year’s report include:

  • Respondents working in firms with less than $100 million in assets under management (AUM) earn almost 13 percent less than peers in firms with $1 billion or more;
  • 73 percent of respondents do not receive a bonus guarantee;
  • Bonus pay totals 44 percent of all compensation paid to industry professionals; and
  • Fifty-two percent of respondents work in firms with expected fund gains of 10 to 24 percent.

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This year’s compensation report is primarily made up of responses from North America and the U.K., with about a third representing senior level positions and nearly a half of responses representing mid-level positions.

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