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  1. A table of Wikimedia Foundation salaries based on the public Form 990s, for easy comparison over the years. The amounts reported are for calendar year, not fiscal year.[1] (Salaries are in United States dollars and base salaries only, excluding "other compensation", which can add as much as $30,000 or more.)
  2. A table of "Salaries and wages" totals from the WMF financial statements, broken down according to different categories.
  3. A table of the "Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits" figures reported in the public Form 990s vs. the reported number of employees in each year, along with the average total per employee for each year.

Trends:

  • The WMF's "Salaries and wages" total more than doubled over the four most recent years for which statements are available, from $33,731,089 in 2016/2017 to $67,857,676 in 2020/2021.
  • The "Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits" total per WMF employee increased by 38% over the four most recent years for which Form 990s are available, from $138,487.10 per employee in 2015 to $191,185.27 per employee in 2019.


People[edit]

Group[2] Person 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Executive Sue Gardner (ED/advisor) 75,000[3] 168,700 222,550 196,878 201,678 202,095 201,685 301,341[3][4]
Lila Tretikov (ED) 308,149[3] 344,336 390,273[3][5]
Katherine Maher (ED) 307,141 358,871 374,658 387,770
Communications Katherine Maher (CCO) 166,353
Heather Walls (Chief Creative Officer) 204,204 212,528
Legal Bradford Patrick (GC, int-ED) 118,500 40,625[3]
Mike Godwin (GC) 56,667[3] 120,450 124,184 140,122
Geoff Brigham (GC) 153,456 188,551 199,470 228,114 258,972 157,195[3]
Kelly Kay (DGC) 153,074
Stephen LaPorte (SLC) 134,541[3]
Eileen Hershenov (GC) 0[3] 186,176 281,743[6]
Anthony Sebro (DGC) 204,291[7] 212,977
Amanda Keton 77,054[8]
Finance Veronique Kessler (CFO) 105,527 124,574 135,194 166,832
Garfield Byrd (CFA) 58,956[3] 155,625 165,336 177,154 161,063[3]
Jaime Villagomez (CFO) 237,665 264,341 275,495 289,356
Anthony Le (Controller) 172,292 183,252 191,603
Culture Cyn Skyberg (CTCO) 145,346
Gayle Young (CTCO) 163,127 174,550 183,486 183,725[3][9]
Joady Lohr (CTCO) 178,934 190,856 205,256 202,482[10]
Joanna McQuade/
Anna Stillwell (CDA)
193,970
Product Erik Moeller (DD/VPP) 125,719 140,354 155,095 167,439 192,140 302,046[3][11]
Tomasz Finc (PD) 103,598
Terry Chay (DFE) 164,605
Toby Negrin (DE/SDE[12]) 153,699 177,720 192,018 214,504 228,023 237,992
Margaret Novotny (Senior Director, Design) 193,557
Technology Danese Cooper (CTO) 153,578
Victoria Coleman (CTO) 256,399 268,132[6]
CT Woo (DTO) 146,202 159,644
Erika Bjune 184,729[13]
Rob Lanphier (DPE/DE) 144,845 153,469 245,433[3][14]
Trevor Parscal (DOE) 193,176[3][15]
Brion Vibber (KE) 62,473
Stanislav Malyshev (SSE) 180,499 183,146 184,277 186,579
Damon Sicore (VPE) 281,766[3][16]
Weston Moran (VPE) 221,576
Dario Taraborelli (Eng. D) 183,940[17]
Organisational Carolyn Doran (COO) 45,914 34,500[3]
Terence Gilbey (COO) 250,231[3][18]
Fundraising Zack Exley (CCO) 120,500 186,177 184,261
Lisa Seitz-Gruwell (CRO) 168,067 209,706 216,556 229,170 252,117
Grantmaking Barry Newstead (CGDO) 184,510
Sheree Chang (VPSP) 184,540
Community Luis Villa (SDCE) 152,202
Angela Reid (CCE) 156,101 163,037
Valerie D'Costa 273,080[19][20]

Abbreviations[edit]

Title abbreviations and notes:

  • CCE: Chief of Community Engagement
  • CCO: Chief Community Officer
  • CDA: Chargée d'affaires
  • CFO: Chief Financial Officer
  • CGDO: Chief Global Development Officer
  • CRO: Chief Revenue Officer
  • CTCO: Chief Talent and Culture Officer
  • CTO: Chief Technical Officer
  • DD: Deputy Director
  • DE: Director of Engineering
  • DFE: Director of Features Engineering
  • DOE: Director of Engineering
  • DPE: Director of Platform Engineering
  • DTO: Director of Technical Operations
  • DGC: Deputy General Counsel
  • ED: Executive Director
  • Eng. D: Engineering Director
  • GC: General Counsel
  • KE: Key Employee (note: this is a legal term with a specific meaning in this context; for more information see https://www.nonprofitaccountingbasics.org/form-990-core-form/definition-key-employee)
  • PD: Project Director
  • SDCE: Senior Director of Community Engagement
  • SDE: Senior Director of Engineering
  • SLC: Senior Legal Counsel
  • SSE: Senior Software Engineer
  • VPSP: VP of Strategic Partnerships
  • int-: Interim

Total salaries per financial statements[edit]

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Total 16,930 107,122 415,006 1,147,679 2,257,621 3,508,336 7,312,120 11,749,500 15,983,542 19,979,908 26,049,224 31,713,961 33,731,089 38,597,407 46,146,897 55,634,912 67,857,676
Projects 16,043 67,974 242,635 575,956 1,189,115 2,378,652 4,860,808 8,021,895 11,744,168 15,026,534 19,893,528 24,189,343 25,873,873 29,415,088 36,125,042 42,155,739 52,020,082
General and administrative - 25,895 117,659 479,078 481,643 531,616 1,618,534 2,407,832 2,700,060 3,516,451 4,272,568 4,917,307 5,058,508 5,785,743 6,278,186 8,722,777 9,732,820
Fundraising 887 13,253 54,712 92,645 586,863 598,068 832,778 1,319,773 1,539,314 1,436,923 1,883,128 2,607,311 2,798,708 3,396,576 3,743,669 4,756,396 6,104,774

Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits and number of employees as reported in Form 990[edit]

The figures in this table reflect the data in line 5 (Total number of individuals employed in calendar year) and line 15 (Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits) of the Form 990's Part I Summary.

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total 2,073,313 3,303,543 7,312,120 11,749,500 16,023,637 19,979,908 26,125,610 31,713,546 33,733,998 38,598,155 46,057,613 55,634,913
Number of employees 26 36 72 107 134 158 192 229 230 229 255 291
Cost per employee* 79,742.81 91,765.08 101,557.22 109,808.41 119,579.38 126,455.11 136,070.89 138,487.10 146,669.56 168,550.90 180,618.09 191,185.27
  • Cost per employee: It's been claimed that certain contractors listed in Part V, line 1a of the Form 990 (there were a total of 82 in 2019, e.g.) might be included in the salary total. This would reduce these figures somewhat. The WMF has refused to answer related questions. (See mailing list discussion and Form 990 talk page.) Input from experts on Form 990 financial reporting welcome.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. Wikimedia Foundation 2015 Form 990, Part VII: "Report compensation for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's tax year."
  2. Broad area of work, for comparison.
  3. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Partial year.
  4. A detailed breakdown of Sue's salary was provided on wikimedia-l.
  5. Includes $262,500 in severance
  6. a b Through February 2019
  7. Through June 2019
  8. From September 2019
  9. Includes $98,446 in severance
  10. Director, Human Resources
  11. Includes $208,306 in severance
  12. DE in 2014-15, SDE in 2016
  13. From July 2019
  14. Includes $101,116 in severance
  15. Includes $64,127 in severance
  16. Includes $100,000 in severance
  17. Through March 2019
  18. Includes $80,000 in severance
  19. Includes $83,819 in severance
  20. Through November 19th

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