Wearing number 4, Mark Eaton played the position of defenseman while playing for the New York Islanders during the 2010/2011 National Hockey League season. His salary for the season was reportedly $2,000,000. The total team salary for the New York Islanders was reportedly $29,727,500, so his salary was about 6.7% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the New York Islanders was $765,000, while the average salary was $1,143,365. During the 34 games that he played that season, he scored 0 goals and had 3 assists - a total of 3 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $58,823.53 per game. Mark Eaton had a plus/minus of -2, 8 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 29 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 0.00%.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $2,000,000 he can expect to pay around $675,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 83 median high school teachers, 94 median police officers, or 134 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $1,324,716 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".