Startup asked me pay expectation. What base should I ask?
Hi. I am talking to an early stage startup. Young CEO called me and after phone interview he asked me my pay expectation. I told him I will lookup to my spreadsheet (actually buying time to consult friends). I didn't apply to their jobs yet, he just reached out to me on Linkedin. I have no clue what to ask for base (real income)? He said we can't beat Intel base but we offer equity since you will be early employee you will have potential income.
I got a recent offer from a subsidiary company: base $170k no stocks as he said we are not public. I thanked and kindly declined and regretted the time I spent interviewing with them. Each and every manager was asking for long hours.
Please advice me what base I should ask for so we don't waste each other's time. My group at Intel is not safe to stay right now also my TC sucks big time 😑. So I want to see my options.
TC: $200k , YOE 11 post PhD. HW Eng /EE.
Thank you guys.