Brian Elliott wore number 30 while playing goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche in the 2010/2011 NHL season. He earned a salary, reportedly, of $900,000. The total team salary for the Colorado Avalanche was reportedly $39,872,500, so his salary represented 2.3% of that total team payroll. We can compare his salary to the other players on his team. The median salary for a player on the Colorado Avalanche was $1,000,000, while the average salary was $1,594,900. He played a total of 55 games that season, with 0 goals and 0 assists - a total of 0 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $16,363.64 per game played. Brian Elliott had a plus/minus of 0, 0 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 0 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 0.00%. His goaltending statistics include 2983 min, 1551 SA (shots against), 166 GA (goals against), 3.34 GAA (goals against average), 89.30% save percent, and a record of 15-27-9, including 3 shutouts. We can divide his salary by the number of shots against, if we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly as a goaltender. His salary per shot against was $0,580.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $900,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $290,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 36 median high school teachers, 41 median police officers, or 58 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $609,716 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".