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Executive Search Compensation & Market Insights Report 2024

Benchmark Your Compensation

Each year, Tempting Talent provides an in-depth overview of the Executive Search industry's compensation benchmarks, bringing transparency to professionals seeking new positions, and informing employers hiring strategies.

Alongside the latest compensation data, the report explores most important benefits to professionals, learning and development programs in Executive Search, moving roles, and working environments.

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2024's Search Market

​2023 was year of contrasting fortunes in Executive Search, with various economic headwinds having effects across multiple different markets. The bank failures in the Spring had impacts across the board, affecting both search agencies and their individual markets directly. However, we saw a post July 4th rally that continued into Q4. There was optimism heading into Labor Day, that in most cases rang true, but in some cases did not reach the heights expected.

As we begin 2024, Tempting Talent has already seen hiring for execution talent increase at a rate of knots and expect this to continue. Firms that were able to stabilise and focus on growing out existing markets or building new ones in H2 of 2023, are now able to capitalize on top tier execution talent. The hunt for revenue generating talent will continue, as ever, however we have already seen that the talent pool for this market has increased. As Principals were encouraged and pushed into business development in 2023, there is a new layer of potential Partners available to the market.​


Executive Search Compensation & Market Insights Report

​What's Inside?

  • Compensation Data provided by over 400 Executive Search Professionals in the US, analysed against job role, attributed billing, and market.

  • Data on moving roles in the last 12 months

  • Learning and Development Programs in Executive Search

  • Benefits data, including 401(k), PTO, health insurance and maternity/paternity leave.

  • Working environment analysis comparing working from home, hybrid or fully in office.

Research Methodology

The purpose of this methodology is to provide a clear understanding of the approach utilized in conducting a survey aimed at Executive Search professionals. This survey aimed to gather insights into various aspects of the Executive Search industry, including compensation data (base and total package), working environments, trends, challenges, and best practices.

Survey Design:

  • Objective: The primary objective of the survey was to understand the perspectives and experiences of Executive Search professionals as well as gather data that could provide industry wide benchmarks.

  • Questionnaire Development: A comprehensive questionnaire was designed to cover key areas such as compensation, industry trends for 2024, important benefits, learning and development programs, and challenges faced by Executive Search professionals.

  • Pilot Testing: Prior to the official launch, the questionnaire underwent pilot testing to ensure clarity, relevance, and effectiveness in eliciting the desired information.

  • Question Types: The questionnaire included a mix of multiple-choice questions, Likert scale items, and open-ended questions to capture a broad spectrum of responses.

Sampling Method:

  • Target Population: The target population comprised professionals actively involved in Executive Search activities across various industries in the US.

  • Sampling Technique: A combination of convenience sampling and purposive sampling techniques was employed to reach out to a diverse pool of professionals.

  • Sample Size: The survey aimed to collect responses from over 400 Executive Search and Staffing professionals to ensure adequate representation and statistical reliability.

Data Collection:

  • Online Survey Platform: The survey was administered using a reputable online survey platform, ensuring ease of access and data security.

  • Distribution Channels: The survey link was distributed via professional networks, industry forums, and targeted email invitations to reach the intended audience.

  • Data Collection Period: The survey was conducted over 1 month in January and February 2024 to allow sufficient time for respondents to participate and provide thoughtful responses.

Data Analysis:

  • Quantitative Analysis: Responses to multiple-choice and Likert scale questions were subjected to quantitative analysis using statistical tools to identify trends, patterns, and correlations.

  • Qualitative Analysis: Open-ended responses were analyzed thematically to extract insights, opinions, and anecdotes shared by respondents.

Ethical Considerations:

  • Informed Consent: Participants were provided with clear information about the purpose of the survey and their voluntary participation. Consent was obtained before proceeding with the survey.

  • Anonymity and Confidentiality: Respondents were assured of the confidentiality of their responses, and measures were implemented to anonymize data to protect the privacy of participants.


  • While efforts were made to ensure the representativeness of the sample, the findings may be subject to biases inherent in survey research, such as self-selection bias.

  • The generalizability of findings may be limited to the population of Executive Search professionals who participated in the survey.


The methodology employed in this survey aimed to uphold standards of rigor and validity in data collection and analysis, thereby providing meaningful insights into the perspectives and practices of Executive Search professionals.

This methodology outlines the systematic approach adopted in conducting the survey, ensuring reliability and credibility in the generation of findings and conclusions.

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