CEO compensation at venture-backed start-ups up 5.8%

Overall, median compensation in 2006 for the CEOs at venture-backed start-ups grew to $275,000, a 5.8% increase from 2005. 
Start-up CEO pay 2006 (year ending Oct 1) Y/Y % Growth 
Healthcare $284,000 8.4%
IT $275,000 8.3%
Retail/Services $260,000 0.0%
Overall $275,000 5.8%

Source: VentureOne

CEOs at venture-backed health-care companies fetched a median compensation of $284,000 during the past year, an 8.4% increase from a year ago period, according to data from industry tracker VentureOne. CEOs at IT start-ups gained 8.3% increase to $275,000. The data are annualized to October 1 of each year.

But compensation is not rising across the board. Compensation for the top spots at retail and consumer products and services start-ups has held steady since 2004, at $260,000, according to VentureOne.

After holding steady for the past two years, total compensation for CEOs at both information technology start-ups and health-care companies is on the rise. Total compensation includes salary and bonuses or commissions.

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