Mattias Ritola wore number 21 while playing center for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $500,000. The total team salary for the Tampa Bay Lightning was reportedly $56,812,500, so his salary represented 0.9% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Tampa Bay Lightning was $2,367,187. The median salary was $1,000,000. He played a total of 31 games that season, with 4 goals and 4 assists - a total of 8 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $16,129.03 per game. Mattias Ritola had a plus/minus of -5, 11 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 2 GWG (game winning goals), and took 42 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 9.50%. 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 $125,000 and his salary per point was $62,500.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $500,000 he can expect to pay around $150,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 18 median high school teachers, 21 median police officers, or 30 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $349,716 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".