Playing goaltender and wearing number 35, Nikolai Khabibulin played for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2010/2011 NHL season. He reportedly had a salary of $3,750,000. The total team salary for the Edmonton Oilers was reportedly $45,305,000, so his salary represented 8.3% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Edmonton Oilers was $1,812,200. The median salary was $875,000. He played a total of 47 games that season, with 0 goals and 0 assists - a total of 0 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $79,787.23 per game. Nikolai Khabibulin had a plus/minus of 0, 12 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 2701 min, 1389 SA (shots against), 153 GA (goals against), 3.40 GAA (goals against average), 89.00% save percent, and a record of 10-32-4, including 2 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 $2,700.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $3,750,000 he can expect to pay around $1,287,784 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 158 median high school teachers, 180 median police officers, or 255 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $2,462,216 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".