Playing right winger and wearing number 19, Joffrey Lupul played for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $4,250,000. The total team salary for the Toronto Maple Leafs was reportedly $51,235,000, so his salary represented 8.3% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Toronto Maple Leafs was $2,134,791. The median salary was $950,000. He played a total of 54 games that season, with 14 goals and 17 assists - a total of 31 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $78,703.70 per game. Joffrey Lupul had a plus/minus of -11, 33 PIM (penalties in minutes), 4 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 2 GWG (game winning goals), and took 129 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 10.90%. We can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists), if we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly on offense. His salary per goal scored was $303,571 and his salary per point was $137,097.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $4,250,000 he can expect to pay around $1,462,784 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 180 median high school teachers, 204 median police officers, or 290 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,787,216 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".