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How Much Should Startup Employees Earn? Wealthfront Tells Us With A Clever Tool

By Erin Griffith , written on September 18, 2012

Published to the News desk.

Warning: mysql_ping(): MySQL server has gone away in /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/db.php on line 481 [pandodaily.wordpress.com] We know Mark Zuckerberg did not build Facebook to get rich. His vision of "making the world more open and connected," is Facebook's real raison d'être. But even he will admit--as he did on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt last week--that employees aren't going to live on a grand vision and ramen noodles. “The best people want to work on a mission they believe in, and make money,” he said.

It's a reality all startups face. You want developers, designers, managers and biz dev people who aren't in it for the money--but you still have to pay through the teeth for them.

For guidance in that department, Wealthfront has put together a handy interactive visualization of compensation at startups. It's customizable by job function, level, company size and region. The chart takes equity into consideration as well. (Not a shocker: Bay area talent is the priciest.)

Bonus! It's embeddable. See how your compensation stacks up against your peers below.