During the 2010/2011 NHL season, Mikko Koivu played center for the Minnesota Wild, wearing number 9. He reportedly had a salary of $3,700,000. The total team salary for the Minnesota Wild was reportedly $56,035,000, so his salary was about 6.6% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Minnesota Wild was $2,400,000, while the average salary was $2,436,304. During the 71 games that he played that season, he scored 17 goals and had 45 assists - a total of 62 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $52,112.68 per game. Mikko Koivu had a plus/minus of 4, 50 PIM (penalties in minutes), 7 PP (power play goals), 1 SH (short-handed goals), 3 GWG (game winning goals), and took 191 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 8.90%. 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 $217,647 and his salary per point was $59,677.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $3,700,000 he can expect to pay around $1,270,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 156 median high school teachers, 178 median police officers, or 252 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,429,716 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".