Brian Lee wore number 5 while playing defenseman for the Ottawa Senators in the 2010/2011 NHL season. He reportedly had a salary of $825,000. The total team salary for the Ottawa Senators was reportedly $50,083,333, so his salary represented 1.6% of that total team payroll. That season, the average salary for a player on the Ottawa Senators was $2,384,920, while the median salary was $900,000. He played a total of 50 games that season, with 0 goals and 3 assists - a total of 3 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 $16,500.00 per game. Brian Lee had a plus/minus of -10, 24 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 35 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 0.00%.
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 $825,000 we can estimate that he would have to hand over $264,034 in federal income taxes. For comparison, that is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 32 median high school teachers, 37 median police officers, or 52 median fire fighters. After paying the federal government, he would have $560,966 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".