During the 2010/2011 NHL season, Nathan Lawson played goaltender for the New York Islanders, wearing number 52. His salary for the season was reportedly $510,000. The total team salary for the New York Islanders was reportedly $29,727,500, so his salary was about 1.7% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the New York Islanders was $765,000. The average salary was $1,143,365. During the 10 games that he played that season, he scored 0 goals and had 0 assists - a total of 0 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $51,000.00 per game played. Nathan Lawson had a plus/minus of 0, 0 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 0 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 0.00%. His goaltending statistics include 384 min, 243 SA (shots against), 026 GA (goals against), 4.06 GAA (goals against average), 89.30% save percent, and a record of 1-4-2, including 0 shutouts. If we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly as a goaltender, we can divide his salary by the number of shots against. His salary per shot against was $2,099.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $510,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $153,784 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 19 median high school teachers, 21 median police officers, or 30 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $356,216 left over. However, he may still have to use some of that money to pay state or city taxes as well.
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".