Playing goaltender and wearing number 32, Niklas Backstrom played for the Minnesota Wild during the 2010/2011 NHL season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $6,000,000. The total team salary for the Minnesota Wild was reportedly $56,035,000, so his salary represented 10.7% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Minnesota Wild was $2,436,304. The median salary was $2,400,000. He played a total of 51 games that season, with 0 goals and 1 assist - a total of 1 point. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $117,647.06 per game. Niklas Backstrom had a plus/minus of 0, 2 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 2978 min, 1566 SA (shots against), 132 GA (goals against), 2.66 GAA (goals against average), 91.60% save percent, and a record of 22-23-5, including 3 shutouts. We can divide his salary by the number of shots against, if we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly as a goaltender. His salary per shot against was $3,831.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $6,000,000 he can expect to pay around $2,075,284 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 255 median high school teachers, 290 median police officers, or 411 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $3,924,716 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".