During the 2010/2011 NHL season, Matt Stajan played center for the Calgary Flames, wearing number 18. His salary for the season was reportedly $4,500,000. The total team salary for the Calgary Flames was reportedly $66,312,500, so his salary was about 6.8% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Calgary Flames was $1,350,000, while the average salary was $2,368,303. During the 76 games that he played that season, he scored 6 goals and had 25 assists - a total of 31 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $59,210.53 per game. Matt Stajan had a plus/minus of 1, 32 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 1 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 81 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 7.40%. 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 $750,000 and his salary per point was $145,161.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $4,500,000 he can expect to pay around $1,550,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 190 median high school teachers, 217 median police officers, or 307 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,949,716 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".