CompStudy is the longest running, most comprehensive survey of equity and cash compensation for top management positions and boards of directors at private companies in the technology and life sciences industries. The study, which has been conducted annually since 2000, is produced by academics from Harvard Business School in collaboration with professionals at Ernst&Young, Park Square Search, and WilmerHale, and covers China, India, Israel, the UK and the US.

The study results provide essential information for businesses and investors to stay abreast of current trends in senior executive compensation and organizational structures. Data is analyzed in aggregate with detailed views by position. The volume of responses allows for slices on the data by: founder/non-founder status, company revenue and headcount, geography, business segment, and number of financing rounds raised. Additional detail is provided on compensation for the Board of Directors, general organizational changes over time and other compensation trends.

The survey consists of a web-based questionnaire, which can be filled out by a single member of a company’s executive team and takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. All information submitted is kept entirely confidential and lists of participating companies are never shared.

The full CompStudy report is now available online in an interactive, fully customizable format at