Can you expect a market salary from a startup that has received venture capitalist investments?
1) Amount of Funding. If it’s less than ~$250K it’s kind of like they didn’t get funding.
2) Equity Offer. Depending on the terms and amount (% of company, not # of shares), this has a major impact on cash. Below market salary ifs fine if you can afford it and if the equity is awesome.
Remember, over 99% of startups fail, so the equity piece is high risk, especially if it is options.
3) Generosity/Fairness of founders – MOST IMPORTANT. There are plenty of funded startups that will try to skimp on properly paying employees, with the blessing of their VCs. These startups will probably not make it so move on.
Contact me if you want to discuss your specific situation; I can probably pinpoint the right salary for most positions.
Final Note. Currently startups are being very frugal with equity for hires beyond the founders. Look at my angel list to see some comps.