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2024 SDR and Account Executive Compensation Guideline

Updated: Feb 6

Compensation is critical no matter your stage, segment, or industry and can be the difference between attracting & retaining top talent you need to successfully grow your business quarter over quarter and year over year.


We've compiled this guide based on our conversations with our clients and hundreds of SaaS salespeople at (mostly) Seed - Series B startups in 2023 to provide you with a baseline on what "good" compensation might look like.



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Overview of sales compensation structure


Typical structure:

  • SDR's/BDR's:

    • 70-75% salary, 25-30% commission

    • 85-95% of commission is typically based on delivering meetings that become qualified sales opportunities, 5-15% based on closed won revenue

      • Compensation plans are typically set up this way to ensure the majority of goals are in the SDR/BDR's control while providing them 'upside' for qualifying deals that ultimately become customers (especially larger deals!)

    • Some companies use SDR/BDR interchangably while others classify SDR's as qualifying inbound leads and BDR's as qualifying outbound leads

  • Account Executives:

    • 50% salary, 50% commission

    • 10-15% of closed won ARR is typically paid out in commission

  • For example, an $840k annual quota could have a $120k salary, $120k commission = $240k OTE

    • Account Executives are typically broken down into three segments based on their expected average contract values (ACV), however, some organizations choose to use employee count segments instead (i.e. Enterprise = companies with 5,000+ employees)

      • SMB: ACV less than $10,000

      • Mid-Market: ACV between $10,000 and $100,000

      • Enterprise: ACV is greater than $100,000

    • Account Executive revenue targets are typically set up as 4-5x their On-Target earnings (salary + commission)

      • For example, if an Account Executive has a $600,000 annual quota, their On-target earnings range should be somewhere between $120,000 - $150,000


SDR/BDR Compensation Overview


SDR/BDR (recent grad or new to sales)

  • Salary range: $45,000 - $65,000 (Target: $50,000)

    • Typically, salaries are lower at companies who focus on small, transactional deals whereas they're higher at companies who focus on larger, complex deals

  • On-Target earnings (Salary + Commission): $65,000 - $80,000 (Target: $70,000)


Sr SDR/BDR (6+ months of strong performance)

  • Salary range: $60,000 - $70,000 (Target: $60,000)

  • On-Target earnings (Salary + Commission): $70,000-$100,000 (Target: $80,000)


Account Executive Compensation Overview


SMB Account Executive (1-2 years of closing experience)

  • Salary range: $60,000 - $80,000 (Target: $70,000)

  • On-Target earnings (Salary + Commission): $120,000 - $160,000 (Target: $140,000)

  • Annual quota range for $140,000 OTE: $420,000 - $560,000


Mid-Market Account Executive (1-3 years of closing experience)

  • Salary range: $80,000 - $100,000 (Target: $90,000)

  • On-Target earnings (Salary + Commission): $160,000 - $200,000 (Target: $180,000)

  • Annual quota range for $180,000 OTE: $540,000 - $720,000


Mid-Market Account Executive (3-5 years of closing experience)

  • Salary range: $80,000 - $125,000 (Target: $100,000)

  • On-Target earnings (Salary + Commission): $160,000 - $250,000 (Target: $200,000)

  • Annual quota range for $200,000 OTE: $600,000 - $800,000


Enterprise Account Executive (5-10 years of closing experience)

  • Salary range: $120,000 - $150,000 (Target: $140,000)

  • On-Target earnings (Salary + Commission): $240,000 - $300,000 (Target: $280,000)

  • Annual quota range for $280,000 OTE: $840,000 - $1,120,000


About ClosedWon Talent


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