The data below shows the salaries of 196 tech company CEO’s at IPO: "$325k is the median for a very successful company. Keep in mind, the median salary of $325k is for the CEO of a company about to go public. Other forms of comp include options and bonuses. Note the median bonus was $139k and median option grant had a value of $76k. It’s not unreasonable to take a bonus and it’s also expected that a founder will be granted stock as the Company matures and becomes more successful, especially if their salary is low."