During the 2010/2011 NHL season, Jeff Halpern played center for the Montreal Canadiens, wearing number 15. He earned a salary, reportedly, of $600,000. The total team salary for the Montreal Canadiens was reportedly $63,245,833, so his salary was about 0.9% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Montreal Canadiens was $1,425,000, while the average salary was $2,432,532. During the 72 games that he played that season, he scored 11 goals and had 15 assists - a total of 26 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $8,333.33 per game. Jeff Halpern had a plus/minus of 6, 29 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 1 SH (short-handed goals), 3 GWG (game winning goals), and took 62 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 17.70%. 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 $54,545 and his salary per point was $23,077.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $600,000 he can expect to pay around $185,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 23 median high school teachers, 26 median police officers, or 37 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $414,716 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.
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".