"Northern California continues to lead with the nation's highest paid start-ups CEOs, with median compensation hitting $275,000. Not far behind is the Northwest, where compensation jumped to $250,000 from $200,000. In the Northeast compensation dropped to $253,000 from $275,000 last year and the South saw a decline to $240,000 from $246,000. "
Pretty good pay for running a company that doesn't earn a thing. Senior execs at a company like Microsoft wouldn't be eager to jump ship over money like that, but it does raise the bar.