2016 United States Private Equity Compensation Study

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Compensation Study

This study is intended to provide members of our community with private equity compensation information. Please note that differences in fund structures (management fees, size of team, use of carry compensation or phantom equity, etc.) make candidate’s annual cash compensation particularly volatile at certain fund sizes. Members of our community are always able to search the thousands of compensation reviews on our platform to access information on specific private equity firms. The most accurate and efficient way to benchmark your compensation would still be to connect with a member of our team. We speak with thousands of professionals every year, and leveraging our data and insight, we regularly provide these professionals with accurate information regarding the compensation ranges of funds that are similar in size, investment strategy and location to their own.

Our compensation survey was completed by 965 private equity professionals. Below is a breakdown of private equity survey respondents by the latest fund size raised by their private equity firm.

List of Firms Included In Study

Our compensation survey solicited data from over 965 private equity professionals and below is a sample of the private equity firms included in the study. Note that the below sample is not representative of the entire data set as over 350 private equity firms were included in the study.

Advent International

ABRY Partners

AEA Investors

American Capital

American Securities

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Apax Partners

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management

Arlington Capital Partners

Audax Group

Avista Capital Partners

Bain Capital

BDT Capital

Berkshire Partners

Blackstone Private Equity

Carlyle Group

Catterton Partners

Centerbridge Partners

Cerberus Capital Mgmt.


Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Comvest Partners

Corsair Capital

Court Square

Crestview Partners

CVC Capital Partners

FFL Partners

First Reserve

Fortress Investment Group

Francisco Partners

Freeman Spogli & Co.

General Atlantic

Genstar Capital

GI Partners

Golden Gate Capital

Gores Group


H.I.G. Capital

Harvest Partners

Hellman & Friedman


Irving Place Capital

J.H. Whitney & Company

JC Flowers

JLL Partners

JMI Equity

Jordan Company

Kelso & Company

Kohlberg & Company

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

KRG Capital

Lee Equity Partners

Leonard Green & Partners

Lightyear Capital

Lindsay Goldberg

Littlejohn & Co.

LLR Partners

Lone Star Funds

Madison Dearborn Partners

Metalmark Capital

MidOcean Partners

Morgan Stanley PE

New Mountain Capital

Oak Hill Capital Partners

Oaktree Capital Mgmt

Odyssey Partners

Olympus Partners

Onex Corporation

Paine & Partners

Pegasus Capital Advisors


Pinebridge Investments

Platinum Equity

Providence Equity Partners

Rhône Group

Riverside Company

Riverside Partners

Riverstone Holdings

Sageview Capital

Sentinel Capital Partners

Silver Lake Partners

Stone Point Capital

Summit Partners

Sun Capital Partners

TA Associates

THL Partners

Thoma Bravo

Tinicum Capital

Towerbrook Capital

TPG Capital

Trilantic Capital Partners

TSG Consumer Partners

Vector Capital

Veritas Capital Mgmt

Vestar Capital Partners

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Welsh Carson

WL Ross & Co.



























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