Playing defenseman and wearing number 17, Lubomir Visnovsky played for the Anaheim Ducks during the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $6,000,000. The total team salary for the Anaheim Ducks was reportedly $53,977,500, so his salary represented 11.1% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Anaheim Ducks was $2,076,057. The median salary was $1,275,000. He played a total of 81 games that season, with 18 goals and 50 assists - a total of 68 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $74,074.07 per game. Lubomir Visnovsky had a plus/minus of 18, 24 PIM (penalties in minutes), 5 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 4 GWG (game winning goals), and took 152 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 11.80%. 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 $333,333 and his salary per point was $88,235.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $6,000,000 he can expect to pay around $2,075,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 255 median high school teachers, 290 median police officers, or 411 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $3,924,716 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".