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Let’s all have a nosey at how much ICANN staff get paid

Kevin Murphy, May 16, 2017, 11:27:11 (UTC), Domain Policy

It’s that time of year again when ICANN publishes its US tax returns and we all get to have a good old nosey at how much its top brass get paid.

Figures for fiscal 2016 — so, basically a year out of date — came out this week and they show some senior executives got big pay boosts.

Overall, the return shows that the 17 highest-paid ICANN staffers received a total of $7.3 million in a combination of salary and bonuses, or about $429,000 on average, in the year.

That’s an increase of $603,000 on fiscal 2015 or $488,000 if you don’t count the bonuses.

I’m only counting the 17 named executives who appear in both the FY15 and FY16 returns, and I’m not counting non-executive directors.

Three of these executives received pay rises, not including bonuses, in excess of $100,000. While most top staff saw pay increases below 5%, raises of 21%, 34%, 44% and even 58% were recorded.

Four of them received bonuses of $125,000 or more.

One of the 17 saw his compensation go down. I’m guessing that might be an exchange rate fluctuation.

CEO Fadi Chehade, who left three quarters of the way through the fiscal year, still took home $854,000 in salary and bonuses, up from $737,000 in FY15. His successor’s compensation does not figure into the FY16 numbers.

ICANN has 155 staff members making over $100,000 a year, the return shows, up from 132 the previous year. That means more than half of ICANN’s total staff is in six-figure territory.

ICANN’s pay policy is to set compensation at the 50th to 75th percentile of the “relevant market”, which I assume is the technology sector rather than the not-for-profit sector, in order to stay competitive when hiring.

Its FY16 tax return can be downloaded here (pdf) and the FY15 one is here (pdf).

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