Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz's pay package was worth nearly $17 million last year. The median employee in the company worked for a manufacturing facility in Indonesia and earned $5,489.

When reached for comment, Mattel directed CNN Business to its proxy statement, in which the company notes 82% of its total workforce is located outside the United States, and 65% of the workforce is in manufacturing. Its median worker in the United States earned more than $34,000.

Mattel told CNN Business Thursday: "As we noted in this year's proxy, the total annual compensation includes a one-time, new-hire performance-based stock option grant valued at approximately $4.4 million to $5 million."

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