Playing defenseman and wearing number 8, Brent Burns played for the Minnesota Wild during the 2010/2011 NHL season. He reportedly had a salary of $3,800,000. The total team salary for the Minnesota Wild was reportedly $56,035,000, so his salary represented 6.8% of that total team payroll. That season, the average salary for a player on the Minnesota Wild was $2,436,304, while the median salary was $2,400,000. He played a total of 80 games that season, with 17 goals and 29 assists - a total of 46 points. To find out how much he earned per game played, we can divide his reported salary by the number of games played. He earned $47,500.00 per game. Brent Burns had a plus/minus of -10, 98 PIM (penalties in minutes), 8 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 3 GWG (game winning goals), and took 170 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 10.00%. We can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists), if we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly on offense. His salary per goal scored was $223,529 and his salary per point was $82,609.
Don't forget about taxes. Although each NHL season is composed of months two separate calendar years, having a salary in the United States of $3,800,000 we can estimate that he would have to hand over $1,305,284 in federal income taxes. For comparison, that is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 160 median high school teachers, 182 median police officers, or 259 median fire fighters. After paying the federal government, he would have $2,494,716 left over. However, he may still need 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".