Wearing number 44, Brooks Orpik played the position of defenseman while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2010/2011 National Hockey League season. His salary for the season was reportedly $3,750,000. The total team salary for the Pittsburgh Penguins was reportedly $67,737,500, so his salary was about 5.5% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Pittsburgh Penguins was $1,325,000. The average salary was $2,605,288. During the 63 games that he played that season, he scored 1 goal and had 12 assists - a total of 13 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $59,523.81 per game played. Brooks Orpik had a plus/minus of 12, 66 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 56 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 1.80%. 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 $3,750,000 and his salary per point was $288,462.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $3,750,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $1,287,784 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 158 median high school teachers, 180 median police officers, or 255 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,462,216 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".