Quarterly Salary + Total Cash Benchmark Refresh

What’s new?

Benchmarks version 2022-11-10

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

We have updated salary benchmarks for all job areas and specializations. We have also updated total cash compensation benchmarks for sales roles. Salary benchmark changes in this release reflect a slowing market for talent among startups. Most job areas saw little no change versus our last release, with increases/decreases of less than 1%. We saw most of the volatility in this release within engineering specializations, which have smaller sample sizes than the broader job area. Most notably, Mobile, QA, and Web Engineering all saw large increases across peer groups and levels, bringing pay for the various engineering specializations into closer alignment.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

IT, Sales, and Administration roles saw the largest increases ranging from 2%-5%, though the increases to IT and Administration roles are largely due to sample size changes. Support roles saw the largest decrease (4%). All other job areas changed by less than 1%.

Increases:

  • IT
  • Sales
  • Administration

Decreases:

  • Support

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What’s next?

Carta Total Compensation is working on updates and improvements to our equity benchmarks in order to reflect the current labor market.

Updated Scorecard for Total Cash Compensation

What’s new?

Carta has updated the Scorecard to feature total cash compensation targets and compa-ratios for all employees within the sales job area. These targets will leverage the total cash benchmarks in combination with the parameters defined in your Plan. These changes will be reflected in both the company and employee scorecard.

How do I enable total cash compensation targets on the Employee Scorecard?

In order to access the new total cash functionality on the Employee Scorecard the employee must be within the Sales job area, total cash targets will be displayed for these employees regardless if they have been assigned variable compensation. For more information about assigning variable compensation checkout the following support article.

How do I access total cash compensation on the Scorecard?

Carta added the following columns to the Scorecard:

  1. Total Cash
  2. Total Cash Target
  3. Total Cash Ratio

These columns are hidden by default but can be enabled by:

  1. Navigating to the Scorecard and selecting the column dropdown.
  2. Select the “Total Cash” options that you’d like to include from the dropdown.

What’s next?

Carta Total Compensation is working to refresh our salary benchmarks in order to reflect the current labor market.

Total Cash Compensation Benchmarks for Sales

What’s new?

Carta will now provide total cash compensation benchmarks for the Sales job area. Total cash compensation is defined as base salary plus target variable compensation. 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile data are accessible on the Bands page. In developing total cash compensation benchmarks we made minor adjustments to base salary benchmarks for the Sales job area. No other benchmarks have changed in this update.

How do I see total cash compensation benchmarks for the Sales job area?

You can view Total Cash Compensation benchmarks for the Sales job area by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “Sales” under Area. 
  2. Select “Total Cash” for compensation type.
  3. This will allow you to view total cash compensation bands for levels 1 - 11 for the Sales job area.  

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What’s next?

We will be updating the company and employee scorecards to reflect the addition of total cash compensation benchmarks

Variable Programs in Carta Total Comp is now available

What's new?

Variable Compensation Programs

We’re excited to share that Variable Compensation Programs is now available to all users.

Bring your bonus programs into your Total Compensation workflow

Eliminate your manual bonus processes, create better alignment amongst your sales organization, and ensure compliance by entering your commission and bonus programs into your compensation plan within Carta Total Comp.

Maintain your bottom line with a well-organized variable comp program

Variable Compensation Programs adds to our compensation management capabilities. With VCP you can:

  • Create variable compensation programs for your organization.
  • Enter variable compensation programs based on a  flat rate or percentage of base.
  • Assign the relevant variable program(s) to an employee.
  • Automatically calculate an employee’s variable compensation based on the parameters of their assigned VCP(s).

How do I create a Variable Compensation Program?

You can get started with VCP in seconds by:

  1. Navigate to the Plan page.
  2. Variable Compensation Programs can be found on the bottom half of the page.
  3. Click Create variable compensation program  to be guided through the process of creating your first variable compensation program.

How do I learn more or get help?

Visit the resource center for more details

Variable Compensation Programs (VCPs)

Have additional questions about VCP? Reach out to your Account Manager or contact our Support Team.

Redesigned 409A Acceptance Flow


What’s new?

We have redesigned the way you review and accept your 409A valuation on Carta. This new design presents you first with a quick summary of the analysis along with a note from your analyst letting you know the next steps in finalizing your fair market value (FMV). Once you have reviewed the report, if you have any questions you can contact our team of valuation experts through the support module in the valuation review portal. Lastly, receive board approval from within or outside of Carta to finalize the current FMV on your account. 

How it Works

Once you receive an email notifying you that your valuation is ready for review, you can follow the link within that email to access the 409A ledger where you are able to review and download your valuation. Alternatively, you can navigate to the page within Carta at Compliance > 409A Valuation.




Review your valuation

From the 409A Ledger, once you select ‘Review 409A report’ you will be directed to the valuation review portal. Here you will find an overview of the analysis performed and the concluded FMV along with a note from your valuation analyst informing you of next steps and noting any details within the report that warrant extra attention. Once you have reviewed the analyst’s note and valuation summary, you can download the full report or access the support module from the valuation review portal to access support articles or get in touch with our team of valuation experts. 


Get board approval

Now that you have reviewed the valuation, the next step is to send it to your board for review. You can do so using the board consent feature within your Carta account to easily track acceptance from each board member within the Carta platform. Once all board members have submitted their board approval through the platform, your valuation will automatically be accepted on Carta. If you got approval outside of Carta, that’s great too, simply select ‘My board has approved’ to accept the valuation to finalize the current FMV in your account. Once finalized, the new FMV will be visible to your option holders on Carta.




Offer Letter BETA is now available

What's new?

Offer Letter is now available in BETA

Carta Offer Letter is a fully interactive offer statement that communicates the full picture of a job offer—from salary to equity, benefits, and work culture. Everything a candidate needs to evaluate their next career move.

Communicate the potential value of your equity to candidates 

Carta Offer Letter will showcase your company's brand and culture, accurately reflecting each relevant job detail while concisely educating the full value of your candidate's total compensation package.

With Offer Letter, you can:

Make it easy for candidates to picture the future

Allow candidates to explore their potential total compensation over time with powerful, interactive scenario modeling tools.

Fast track your job offer process

Quickly write, extend, approve, and send your offer process with a complete administrative workflow.

Share your company's unique vision

Make winning offers using a customized letter elevating your brand, ensuring compliance, and driving higher acceptance rates.

What do I need to do?

Activate Offer Letters with a few clicks

In Carta Total Comp, navigate to the Offer Letters page, then click Start to begin sending offers.

How do I learn more or get help?

Visit the below support center articles for more details:

Setup Offer Letters

Create an Offer Letter

Candidate experience

Have more questions about Offer Letter? Reach out to your Account Manager or contact our Support Staff for further details.

IT Job Area & Refreshed Salary Benchmarks

What’s new?

IT Job Area

Carta will now provide salary and equity benchmarks for the IT job area. Target salary and  equity benchmarks for the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles are accessible on the Bands page. Additionally, compa-ratios will be provided to all employees who are assigned to the IT job area.

How do I see benchmarks for the IT job area?

You can view benchmarks for the IT job area by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “IT” under Area. 
  2. This will allow you to view salary/equity bands for levels 1 - 8 for the IT job area.  

How do benchmarks for the IT job area affect the Employee Scorecard?

The compa-ratio is a quick way to compare an employee's compensation to your plan's target rate for a given job area, level, and location. The compa-ratios for an employee assigned to the IT job area will now be calculated using the target compensation for IT.

Benchmarks version 2022-08-15

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

Benchmark changes in this release reflect a labor market that continues to see increased salaries, though potentially slowing from what we observed earlier this year across a number of job areas. While most data points moved within +/-3% versus April benchmarks, those that are decreasing by statistically significant amounts are those with either Low or Medium sample sizes.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

With this benchmark update we observed larger than expected movement across a few job areas, driven largely by market dynamics but also changes in our underlying sample. Many of the decreases we observed continue to be in lower valuation ranges, generally concentrated in valuations of less than $25M. We observed significant decreases in the benchmark for Support Level 1 roles across most peer groups, driven in large part by companies re-mapping employees in this role to other job areas/levels. While the underlying sample for this role has changed significantly, the updated benchmark is more recent and fits our model better than the previous version. The increases in benchmarks that we observed are more evenly distributed across peer groups and levels. 

Looking by job area, we saw the largest average increases (ranging from 4% - 5%) and decreases (1%-2%) in the following job areas:

Increases:

  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Strategy

Decreases:

  • Administrative
  • Finance

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What’s next?

Carta Total Compensation is working updates and improvements to our equity benchmarks in order to reflect the current labor market.


Insights for Carta Total Compensation

What’s new?

In order to communicate more information about the benchmark data in Carta Total Compensation, we are now providing several metrics to provide greater clarity around both our peer groups and individual benchmarks. This new information includes aggregate sample size data, benchmark confidence indicators, and more information about each job area/level (including details like complexity, autonomy, and scope).

Aggregate sample sizes in Total Comp

The Bands page now highlights the aggregate sample size to give you insight into the data that contribute to Total Comp’s benchmarks for a particular peer group.

How do I locate the aggregate sample size for a particular peer group?

  1. Navigate to the Bands page.
  2. Select your peer group.
  3. The aggregate sample size for said peer group will be listed under the selected peer group.
  4. This includes both the number of records as well as the number of companies which factored into the benchmarks for the specified peer group.

Benchmark Confidence 

Carta provides confidence metrics for sample size, recency, and goodness of fit to understand Carta’s stated confidence in the benchmark for a particular band. Confidence metrics are calculated for the band (job area x level) across all peer groups. 

  • Sample size: The number of datapoints included in this benchmark.
  • Recency: The relative proportion of newly effective datapoints underlying the benchmark.
  • Goodness of fit: The accuracy of the model to predict benchmarks based on trends in the underlying data. 

How do I find the benchmark confidence for a particular band?

You can find the benchmark confidence for a particular band either by:

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and hovering over the band to view the band level confidence tool tip.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and selecting a role within the bands table to launch the Job Breakdown Modal.

Band Level Details

Band level details provide complete benchmark information all in one place. This includes percentile data for salary and equity, benchmark confidence metrics, and additional details about each job area/level.

  1. Band overview: High-level details for the selected band (area x level).
  2. Compensation breakdown: Visual breakdown of the salary + equity compensation for the selected band across all target percentiles.
  3. Benchmark Confidence: Visualization of Carta’s confidence in the underlying sample size, recency, and goodness of fit for a given benchmark.
  4. Band level details: Explainers covering the roles and responsibilities for the currently selected band (job area x level).

How do I enable Insights for Carta Total Compensation?

In order to access the new Insights functionality in Carta Total Compensation, you must first ensure your account is updated to the 2022-07-12 benchmarks. You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What's next?

Carta Total Compensation will add the ability to define variable compensation programs and assign them to employees

Improvements to Engineering Specializations

Benchmarks 2022-06-16

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

This version resolves an issue with level progression in the benchmark version released on 2022-06-09. If you did not update to the 2022-06-09 benchmarks you were not impacted by this bug. There are no other changes to benchmarks or specializations in this release.

Carta will now provide salary + equity benchmarks for the following engineering specializations:

  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Hardware
  • Mobile
  • Web Engineering

In addition, benchmarks data has been refreshed for the following existing engineering specializations:

  • DevOps and Site Reliability
  • Quality Assurance
  • UX/Frontend

Note that for all of our specializations the sample size is smaller than job area benchmarks which could result in data volatility as we continue to update the data and grow our overall sample size.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

For existing specializations, salaries increased an average of approximately 3% compared to the previous version of the benchmarks. The largest increases are generally concentrated at more senior levels and in higher valuation peer groups. We also observed some decreases in the salary benchmarks, mostly at levels 1 and 2 at valuations below $50 million. While some of these changes are driven by market dynamics, some of the change is driven by the limited sample size for these roles. Equity benchmarks also reflect a mix of increases and decreases compared to the last benchmark version which are also being driven by a combination of market dynamics and sample size.

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

How can I assign an employee to a specialization?

You can assign an employee to an engineering specialization by: 

  1. Visiting the Employee Scorecard page for a particular employee and selecting “Edit” next to the employee’s role and then selecting “Job area and level” on the Update details page.

  1. Select the “Specialization” dropdown to assign an employee to one of the listed specializations.

Note: specialization benchmarks are currently limited to AI and Machine Learning. DevOps + Site Reliability, Hardware, Mobile, Quality Assurance, UX/Frontend, and Web Engineering for the engineering job area.

How do I see benchmarks for engineering specializations?

You can view benchmarks for engineering specializations by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “Engineering” under Area. Once the engineering job area is selected, you can change the engineering specializations by selecting the Specialization dropdown.


How do engineering specializations affect the Employee Scorecard?

The compa-ratio is a quick way to compare an employee's compensation to your plan's target rate for a given job area, level, and location. The compa-ratios for an employee assigned to the AI and Machine Learning, Hardware, Mobile, and Web Engineering specializations will now be calculated using the target compensation for the specializations.

What’s next?

Additional functionality around data transparency that will provide users insight into the underlying data used to generate benchmarks in Carta Total Compensation.

New Employee Scorecard & Engineering Specializations

What’s new?

New Employee Scorecard

We’ve restructured the Employee Scorecard to increase legibility and improve comprehension of your employee’s role information and compensation details. 

The updated Employee Scorecard is broken down into logical groupings of information to help you quickly identify important information.

  1. Employee Overview
  2. Annual Compensation Breakdown
  3. Equity Breakdown

Engineering Specializations Benchmarks 2022-06-09

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

Carta will now provide salary + equity benchmarks for the following engineering specializations:

  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Hardware
  • Mobile
  • Web Engineering

In addition, benchmarks data has been refreshed for the following existing engineering specializations:

  • DevOps and Site Reliability
  • Quality Assurance
  • UX/Frontend

Note that for all of our specializations the sample size is smaller than job area benchmarks which could result in data volatility as we continue to update the data and grow our overall sample size.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

For existing specializations, salaries increased an average of approximately 3% compared to the previous version of the benchmarks. The largest increases are generally concentrated at more senior levels and in higher valuation peer groups. We also observed some decreases in the salary benchmarks, mostly at levels 1 and 2 at valuations below $50 million. While some of these changes are driven by market dynamics, some of the change is driven by the limited sample size for these roles. Equity benchmarks also reflect a mix of increases and decreases compared to the last benchmark version which are also being driven by a combination of market dynamics and sample size.

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

How can I assign an employee to a specialization?

You can assign an employee to an engineering specialization by: 

  1. Visiting the Employee Scorecard page for a particular employee and selecting “Edit” next to the employee’s role and then selecting “Job area and level” on the Update details page.

  1. Select the “Specialization” dropdown to assign an employee to one of the listed specializations.

Note: specialization benchmarks are currently limited to AI and Machine Learning. DevOps + Site Reliability, Hardware, Mobile, Quality Assurance, UX/Frontend, and Web Engineering for the engineering job area.

How do I see benchmarks for engineering specializations?

You can view benchmarks for engineering specializations by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “Engineering” under Area. Once the engineering job area is selected, you can change the engineering specializations by selecting the Specialization dropdown.


How do engineering specializations affect the Employee Scorecard?

The compa-ratio is a quick way to compare an employee's compensation to your plan's target rate for a given job area, level, and location. The compa-ratios for an employee assigned to the AI and Machine Learning, Hardware, Mobile, and Web Engineering specializations will now be calculated using the target compensation for the specializations.

What’s next?

Additional functionality around data transparency that will provide users insight into the underlying data used to generate benchmarks in Carta Total Compensation.

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