Private Equity Compensation

The annual Private Equity Jobs Digest Compensation Reports are based on surveys designed to capture valuable compensation information directly from those directly involved in private equity and venture capital. Over the years, we have surveyed many partners, principals, vice presidents, associates and others from investment firms, both large and small.

Private Equity Compensation Report

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Here we summarize the results of the current private equity compensation survey to include some of the earnings data and other findings. The report addresses issues such as the compensation earned by professionals and their work satisfaction. The report also reveal how these professionals perceive their work and what they expect from their employers.

2017 Private Equity Compensation Report

This marks the third year running for modest gains in the private equity and venture capital industry. However, these experienced professionals have conquered slow growth, high-priced assets, weak exit markets and unprecedented competition, to create the promise for increased earnings and expanded job opportunities.

As a result, fully 65 percent of this year’s respondents have voiced resounding optimism for increased earnings again this year.

This year’s compensation report has confirmed a number of trends, one of which is increasing base salaries and declining bonuses as a percentage of overall compensation.

Private equity and venture capital firms have maintained their strength in the alternative finance space. High net worth and institutional investors both continue to move money into the hands of these portfolio managers, despite the returns not always keeping up with stock market indexes. It is an alternative asset class that provided creates needed portfolio diversification.

One challenge the industry continues to see is the call for greater transparency and value for management fees. In the end, longer term performance will determine if a firm can continue to charge higher fees and, thus retain the best alternative investment talent. We’ve seen a trend of stronger correlations between fund performance and individual performance.

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