Brendan Mikkelson wore number 29 while playing defenseman for the Calgary Flames in the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the season was reportedly $687,500. The total team salary for the Calgary Flames was reportedly $66,312,500, so his salary represented 1.0% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Calgary Flames was $2,368,303. The median salary was $1,350,000. He played a total of 24 games that season, with 0 goals and 2 assists - a total of 2 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $28,645.83 per game. Brendan Mikkelson had a plus/minus of -6, 9 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 14 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 0.00%.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $687,500 he can expect to pay around $215,909 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 27 median high school teachers, 30 median police officers, or 43 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $471,591 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.
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".