I have a startup in LA. We are looking to hire an iOS developer who works in our office. We're not sure what to pay as a wage. We're also willing to give interested that's vested over a 5 year period.
What would be a decent wage to give to the developer joining our small startup and potentially interest?
Look at Salary.com or Glassdoor for guidance in your area.
What can you afford? At all?
iOS developers are pretty high on the spectrum, but it depends on their level. Is it a junior, mid-level or senior position?
"who works in our office" already cuts down the number of candidates to 0.00001% of the global pool. At the same time, it beefs up the cost spectacularly. The USA is one of the most expensive places on earth to live in, and therefore to hire from. Furthermore, all the good ones are already busy working for companies who can afford to pay truckloads of cash to keep the best working for them. As a startup, you will most likely have to fish in a pond where the big payers do not want to fish. There is obviously a reason why they do not want to fish there. Hence, the odds are against you. The traditional startup game only works if you have lots of VC money, allowing you to snatch real talent from the otherwise greedy hands of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and what-have-you. Conclusion: Learn how to manage a remote team. It is a real skill, saving you lots of money, and therefore worth good money! ;-)