Wearing number 22, Dan Boyle played the position of defenseman while playing for the San Jose Sharks during the 2010/2011 National Hockey League season. He reportedly earned $6,666,667 for his time on the ice. The total team salary for the San Jose Sharks was reportedly $62,321,662, so his salary was about 10.7% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the San Jose Sharks was $1,950,000. The average salary was $2,596,735. During the 76 games that he played that season, he scored 9 goals and had 41 assists - a total of 50 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $87,719.30 per game played. Dan Boyle had a plus/minus of 2, 67 PIM (penalties in minutes), 4 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 2 GWG (game winning goals), and took 199 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 4.50%. 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 $740,741 and his salary per point was $133,333.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $6,666,667 we can estimate that he would have to pay $2,308,617 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 283 median high school teachers, 323 median police officers, or 458 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $4,358,050 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".