Playing defenseman and wearing number 2, Matt Niskanen played for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $1,250,000. The total team salary for the Pittsburgh Penguins was reportedly $67,737,500, so his salary represented 1.8% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Pittsburgh Penguins was $2,605,288. The median salary was $1,325,000. He played a total of 63 games that season, with 1 goal and 9 assists - a total of 10 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $19,841.27 per game. Matt Niskanen had a plus/minus of -3, 50 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 77 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 1.30%. 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 $1,250,000 and his salary per point was $125,000.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $1,250,000 he can expect to pay around $412,784 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 51 median high school teachers, 58 median police officers, or 82 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $837,216 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".