Joining a Start-up

A start-up is defined here as an organization that is still private and 10 years of age or younger. HBS adjusted this definition in 2018. Where possible, start-up data has been updated to reflect this change. Data is unavailable for the Classes of 2014 and 2015.

14%
$5,200
Start-ups median base salary
Industries represented
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Consumer Products
  • Services
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail / Trading
  • Entertainment / Media
Functions Represented
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • General Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Finance
  • Other
  • Consulting
Locations Represented
United States 85%  
Other United States
1%  
Mid-Atlantic
3%  
Northeast
48%  
South
1%  
Southwest
1%  
West
31%  
International 15%  
Asia
4%  
Europe
4%  
Latin America
2%  
Middle East & North Africa
1%  
Sub-Saharan Africa
4%