As I suspected, ICANN's salary ranges for officers and managers is somewhat skewed.
The Non-Profit Times conducts a salary survey of non-profits in February of every
year - here are some of the results for this year.
"If you’re the boss at a foundation,
you’re sitting pretty at an average $106,352 salary. The boss at an organization
generating $50 million or more in annual revenue boasts an average salary of $165,627.
At between $10 million and $49.9 million, that average salary dips to $143,475. From
there it drops like a penny off the roof of the Sears Tower in Chicago. Organizations
generating between $1 million and $9.9 million pay an average $80,351 and groups
with income of between $500,000 and $999,999 pay $58,003, on average, for the top
Note that the relevent figure for ICANN's size
is an average salary for the CEO of under $81,000. The budgeted range for every officer
of ICANN starts 100k - 25% higher than the average for an equivalent organization's
CEO position. The current CEO contract is $216,000 annualized - almost 30% higher
than the average for a foundation with over 10 times ICANN's revenues, and 2.66 times
the average for organizations in ICANN's revenue range.
Please be very clear,
here - I am not faulting any of the current officers or board members. For budgeting
purposes, however, I would suggest that the compensation ranges be adjusted as follows:
- 80-150 thousand
Other Officers - 60-100 thousand
Managers & Technical Specialists
- 40-65 thousand
Exempt - unchanged
Note that these ranges establish as their
base the approximate average for these positions. This is certainly a fair approach,
and will guarantee that employees will not be underpaid in comparison with other
employees of non-profits.
Certainly appropriate performance bonuses could be added
to that, or clauses added into employee contracts.
comments and response are welcome,
as always :)