Frequently Asked Questions

What industry segments are covered in the survey?
  • Software
  • Communications
  • Computer Hardware/Semiconductors/Electronics
  • IT Services/Consulting/Systems Integration
  • Content/Information Provider
  • CleanTech
  • Therapeutics
  • Devices
  • Tools / Instrumentation
  • Other Life Sciences
What information do I need to complete the survey?
To complete the survey you will need to have access to the following information:
  • Basic company information including address, industry, revenue, headcount, etc.
  • Compensation including base salary, cash bonus and equity for each executive on the management team
  • Basic executive background including founder status, join dates and professional/academic background
  • Details of financing rounds including investors, amount invested, valuations, etc.
  • The complete capitalization table including amount held by each executive, including board members
What is the history of the CompStudy?
Park Square Executive Search, in conjunction with Professor Noam Wasserman of University of Southern California, have run the CompStudy survey of private, investor sponsored companies in IT and life sciences since inception. CompStudy has become the “Kelly Bluebook” of startup executive compensation in the US.
How often do you update the survey?
The CompStudy survey is conducted annually in the spring and summer with results published in the fall.
What is the cost of the report?
Participants who complete the annual survey receive full access to all data at no cost. Others can purchase access to the survey for $1,995 for one year. More details on purchasing access can be found here.
How can I print the survey results?
All of the survey results are published online using interactive charting tools. There is also an option where you can export the data into a PDF or print.
How do I access the report once I have completed my survey?
Survey participants who completed the 2017 survey for the United States should have received an email message notifying them that the results are now available online. Check your spam filter if you did not receive it. You can also go to this page to reset your password and then log in to see the survey results. If you have any problems, contact us at
How long does the survey take?
We find that on average participants spend 60+ minutes filling out the online questionnaire. This time can be reduced greatly by printing the pdf of the survey and gathering the required information before logging into the online survey. For past participants, information from your prior year's participation will pre-populate this year's entry automatically by logging in with the username and password you supplied last year, which vastly reduces the amount of time required to complete the survey fields.
What browsers do you support?
We currently support IE 7.0 and later, Firefox 2.0 and later and Chrome 3.0 on Windows computers. We also support Safari 4 and Firefox 3 on Macs. Other browsers may work, but we have not yet tested our site on them. IE 6 and earlier browsers definitely DO NOT work and are unlikely to be supported in the future. If you need to install a new browser to view the CompStudy site, we recommend Firefox.
How do I change my username, email address or password?
Click on the "Forgot your password" link at the top right of any page of this site and you'll see instructions on how to reset your password. We currently do not support changing your username however, you can change all the other aspects of your account including your email address by clicking on the "My Account" link at the top right of any page (you must be logged in to access this feature).