Cam Ward wore number 30 while playing goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $5,000,000. The total team salary for the Carolina Hurricanes was reportedly $45,735,000, so his salary represented 10.9% of that total team payroll. That season, the average salary for a player on the Carolina Hurricanes was $2,177,857, while the median salary was $1,900,000. He played a total of 74 games that season, with 0 goals and 1 assist - a total of 1 point. To find out how much he earned per game played, we can divide his reported salary by the number of games played. He earned $67,567.57 per game. Cam Ward 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 4318 min, 2375 SA (shots against), 184 GA (goals against), 2.56 GAA (goals against average), 92.30% save percent, and a record of 37-26-10, including 4 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 $2,105.
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 $5,000,000 we can estimate that he would have to hand over $1,725,284 in federal income taxes. For comparison, that is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 212 median high school teachers, 241 median police officers, or 342 median fire fighters. After paying the federal government, he would have $3,274,716 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".