Facebook’s Highest-Paid H-1B Worker Makes an Insane Salary


How much is Facebook paying its vice-president of global affairs and communications? According to the publicly accessible H-1B Salary Database, it’s the sort of sum you might get as the managing director of an investment bank on Wall Street: $656,000. This is more than Facebook is currently paying any of its other H-1B workers (for example, the VP of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) partnerships is earning $425,000).

Why does the H-1B Salary Database give us insight into this gentleman’s salary? Facebook’s VP of global affairs and communications is Nick Clegg, the former British deputy prime minister. Clegg accepted the role this time last year and bought a $9 million mansion in California in January 2019. However, according to the H-1B Salary Database, Facebook submitted Clegg’s application in March, with a start date of August 2019.

Facebook didn’t respond to a request to comment on whether the visa holder really is Clegg. However, both the job title and the large salary suggest it almost certainly is.

Facebook, which is generally known for generous salaries, isn’t a big hirer of H-1B workers vis-a-vis other technology companies. The company has 43,030 full-time employees; in fiscal year 2019, it pulled in 1,704 H-1B workers: 1,521 via “primary” or direct means, and the rest through subcontractors. (This is via a huge dataset from the U.S. Department of Labor; if you’re interested in reviewing any kind of H-1B data from over the past year, give it a look, but beware: it’s a truly massive Excel file.)

Take a look at how Facebook matches up against Apple and Google in the H-1B department, for instance:

But the H-1B databases don’t give any insight into other kinds of compensation, and it’s entirely possible that Clegg could be racking up substantial benefits and perks in addition to his reported base salary. In fact, given how compensation in the tech industry works, it seems unlikely that he’s stuck with “just” his salary. Clegg’s apparent windfall is at least an indication that Facebook can be very generous to non-developer staff when it feels like it.

A version of this article originally appeared in eFinancialCareers.