Wearing number 42, David Backes played the position of right winger while playing for the St. Louis Blues during the 2010/2011 National Hockey League season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $2,500,000. The total team salary for the St. Louis Blues was reportedly $34,350,000, so his salary was about 7.3% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the St. Louis Blues was $885,000. The average salary was $1,635,714. During the 82 games that he played that season, he scored 31 goals and had 31 assists - a total of 62 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $30,487.80 per game played. David Backes had a plus/minus of 32, 93 PIM (penalties in minutes), 5 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 2 GWG (game winning goals), and took 211 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 14.70%. 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 $80,645 and his salary per point was $40,323.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $2,500,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $850,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 104 median high school teachers, 119 median police officers, or 169 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $1,649,716 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".