But I think the problem is the font-size property of .account-username and the vertical-align property of .status. Removing both of those will line it up. Then you can set about resizing the icon and the text. That way you don't need the padding which feels hacky.
@Fastidious I just took a look through the templates and the status class is used in lots of places so removing the property might not be a good idea after all (as lots of testing will be needed). I think the padding fix might be the best option in this case.