Wearing number 8, Alex Ovechkin played the position of left winger while playing for the Washington Capitals during the 2010/2011 National Hockey League season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $9,000,000. The total team salary for the Washington Capitals was reportedly $68,425,000, so his salary was about 13.2% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Washington Capitals was $1,875,000. The average salary was $2,534,259. During the 79 games that he played that season, he scored 32 goals and had 53 assists - a total of 85 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $113,924.05 per game played. Alex Ovechkin had a plus/minus of 24, 41 PIM (penalties in minutes), 7 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 11 GWG (game winning goals), and took 367 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 8.70%. If we want to evaluate his performance strictly on offense, we can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists). His salary per goal scored was $281,250 and his salary per point was $105,882.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $9,000,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $3,125,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 384 median high school teachers, 437 median police officers, or 620 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $5,874,716 left over. However, he may still have to use some of that money to pay state or city taxes as well.
Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".