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Private Equity Salaries – what are you worth?

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New! Private Equity salary surveys – by job type and seniority

Savvy Investor curates the best white papers and institutional investment content from across the web and tailors your own experience to match your unique interests within the institutional investment industry.  Historically, some of our most viewed papers have been surveys of compensation packages across a variety of asset management roles.  Here are the most recent surveys on private equity salaries. 


2018 North American Private Equity Compensation Survey (Heidrick & Struggles)

This 40-page report from Heidrick & Struggles dices the data in a variety of ways, showing base, bonus and carry by AUM and showing how compensation varies across different roles and lengths of experience.

2018 European Private Capital Compensation Survey (Heidrick & Struggles)

This is the 6th annual survey of European private capital compensation, providing insight into base, bonus, and carry details by fund size, by investment strategy, and sorted by length of experience.

Asia Pacific Private Capital Compensation Survey 2017-2018

This survey from Heidrick & Struggles compares salary and bonus for analysts, associates, VPs, principals and partners working in Private Equity in the Asia Pacific region.

Preqin Special Report: Private Capital Compensation and Employment, Mar 2018

This report by Preqin explores the compensation and employment trends emerging in the world of private capital. 65% of firms expect to increase the size of their workforce in 2018, proving the demand for talent continues to grow. To receive the latest research reports and communications from Preqin direct to your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Private equity: What do LPs think of the talent within GPs? (2018)

In today’s market of everincreasing dry powder and high valuations, institutional investors (limited partners, or LPs) are increasingly scrutinizing their relationships with fund managers (general partners, or GPs), and talent remains at the core of most investment decisions. In a crowded environment, GPs face unprecedented scrutiny and increasing pressure to justify their fees and position their strategies and teams accurately. As interest rates and deal multiples continue to climb, it will only get harder for GPs to create value. And forwardlooking LPs are increasingly aware of the critical role that talent assessment plays in their own investment strategies.

Nordic Private Capital Compensation Trends 2017 (Heidrick & Struggles)

For its inaugural report in the Nordic region, Heidrick & Struggles invited investment professionals working at private capital firms in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden to participate in an online compensation survey conducted in December 2016. This report highlights the responses about salaries, bonuses, and carried interest plans from more than 100 private capital professionals.

2017 Talent and Compensation Trends in Asset Management Distribution (Heidrick & Struggles, Sept 2017)

Some veterans of the asset management distribution industry describe the current environment as the most competitive of their careers. Investors are demanding much more, and turnover rates have reached almost 20%, with many firms forced to further institutionalize and professionalize their teams. This latest report, "Talent and Compensation Trends in Institutional Asset Management Distribution 2017", includes the results of a wide-ranging survey and presents market insights to help asset management firms build their teams and strategies.

Global Salary Survey 2017 - Finance and Accounting Professionals (Robert Walters)

This is the 17th Robert Walters annual Global Salary Survey of Finance and Accounting professionals. This epic and detailed 400 page report covers data across 24 countries, including the UK and Ireland, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as North and South America.

UK Private Equity Salaries 2015

This report from Kea Consultants, provides a detailed guide to private equity pay in London, with results shown by size of fund and seniority. It’s been a slow process, but private equity firms in London have finally started increasing their pay. Pay at private equity firms had been fairly frozen ever since the 2008 financial crisis hit, but aggressive salary hikes at investment banks for juniors has finally forced large PE firms to bite the bullet and increase pay.

U.S. Pension Staff Salary Database (Pension360, 2017)

This Pension Staff Salary Database by Pension360 contains searchable data of thousands of pension staff salaries from U.S. public sector pension funds. This is an excellent resource if you're looking for a job within the public pension industry or are simply curious about what other pension systems pay your peers. 

Salaries for fundraising and asset gathering investment professionals (Emolument)

Emolument reports that the average salary for a VP in a Asset Gathering/Fundraising role is $123,000 per year.


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